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    sharon53 is offline New Member
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    Unhappy Norvasc

    I have been taking Norvasc for 6 weeks today. The first 2 weeks was 5 mg and then for a month now 10 mg. I have a little flushing but my major concern is the swelling in my ankles and lower legs. I just started 25 mg of hydrochlorot on Monday so that is 5 days now.It has helped .But I still have swelling especially at night. My legs hurt and feel heavy. I have heard excercise is good but my legs hurt to much. Should I quit the water pill and norvasc or the norvasc. My Bp is averaging 114/74. I am pleased with that But will the swelling go away soon?My dr is quitting this month and she is 80 miles away so I can not go see her and she won't talk to me on the phone. Not much help from her.Anyone else swell up. The side effects warnings say to quit taking Norvasc immediately and then it says it is normal to have ankles and legs swell some,,,,which is right?

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    Robert_325 is offline Retired
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon53 View Post
    I have been taking Norvasc for 6 weeks today. The first 2 weeks was 5 mg and then for a month now 10 mg. I have a little flushing but my major concern is the swelling in my ankles and lower legs. I just started 25 mg of hydrochlorot on Monday so that is 5 days now.It has helped .But I still have swelling especially at night. My legs hurt and feel heavy. I have heard excercise is good but my legs hurt to much. Should I quit the water pill and norvasc or the norvasc. My Bp is averaging 114/74. I am pleased with that But will the swelling go away soon?My dr is quitting this month and she is 80 miles away so I can not go see her and she won't talk to me on the phone. Not much help from her.Anyone else swell up. The side effects warnings say to quit taking Norvasc immediately and then it says it is normal to have ankles and legs swell some,,,,which is right?

    Norvasc is a calcium channel blocker. I have taken calcium channel blockers for almost 15 years. I have also taken other types of blood pressure meds such as Beta Blockers, Ace Inhibitors and diuretics. CCBs probably come with the least side effects for me and most of the people I've talked to on other wellness forums.

    I am not a dr but if your legs are swelling siginificantly you should probably lower the dose back to 5mg if that was keeping your blood pressure level. If you don't do that the next step would be to take an extended release medication like Procardia XL. It's also a calcium channel blocker and will provide the same benefits as Norvasc but the effects of the drug are extended around the clock. I would not discontinue the diuretic as long as I had swollen legs unless the dr specifically says to for some reason. The diuretic also helps with BP. That is why I first suggested dropping the Norvasc back to 5mg. Hope that helps. Good luck.

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    sharon53 is offline New Member
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    Thank-You Robert for your help. I found out today that my celebrex causes fluid retention also. So I quit that. My legs are a little better today. Hopefull they will get MUCH better in a few more days. I will mention the procardia Xl to my next Dr though!

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    sharon53 is offline New Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon53 View Post
    Thank-You Robert for your help. I found out today that my celebrex causes fluid retention also. So I quit that. My legs are a little better today. Hopefull they will get MUCH better in a few more days. I will mention the procardia Xl to my next Dr though!
    Today is July 20th. I started cutting my pills in half 4 days ago. I have had NO SWELLING of the ankles and leg and the pain in my muscles is GONE. I feel like a new person. What a difference 5 mg can make. My BP is still okay to.

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