Taking Irbesartan And Amlodipine Together


Hi, I've been prescribed Irbesartan 75 mg plus Amlodipine 5 mg. I'm wondering if it is necessary to take both daily since my BP and cholesterol are okay? I'm 70 years old. I've heard some bad reports on Amlodipine. Does anybody have any experience with these medications? I think Amlodipine was making me nauseous. I also feel that my Dr isn't very interested in my side effects, as I have COPD and asthma as well. Thanks.

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What are your usual blood pressure readings?

In most cases, if someone is stable, and their blood pressure is being maintained at good numbers, then there is no reason to add more medications, most doctors usually try to lower the number of medications that someone takes. However, if you've been taking them both all along, then it may be the combination that is keeping your blood pressure at normal levels.

Amolodipine can cause nausea, as a side effect, according to FDA reports. Other side effects may include cough, headache, dizziness, and hypertension.

Ref: Amlodipine Information

What do you take for your asthma and COPD?

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Amlodipine gave me blisters all over in my mouth and sinus issues. My overall experience with it was negative.

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A bit late to this response but, I'd recommend another doctor. If you don't feel they are putting forth adequate effort or do not care about all aspects of your treatment, they are not the right doctor for you.

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Taking angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) such as irbesartan with a calcium channel blocker such as amlodipine is a common combination. My best friend takes amlodipine with losartan (another medicine in the same class as irbesartan) and seems to tolerate the combo quite well.

That being said, if you're experiencing nausea, definitely talk to your doc about it. If they're being dismissive, however, it may be time to find another doctor. You've given them plenty of chances to address the side effects you're experiencing, and they've demonstrated themself to be indifferent to your well-being.

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