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Off Metformin ON Amlodipine. Any Advice On What To Expect

Off Metformin ON Amlodipine. Any Advice On What To Expect

I had a health check at the gym and was told I was dehydrated (48%)
I told the nurse at my diabetes check and , after checking with the doc, I was taken off Metformin and put on amlodipine.
I was wanting to only take the jardiance I am prescribed as it is the most effective at bringing down my sugar.
What do I expect amlodipine to do?

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Amlodipine belongs to a class of drugs known as calcium channel blockers. It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily.
Amlodipine is also used to prevent certain types of chest pain (angina).

As a nurse this medication has been around a long time, it works great, it should lower your blood pressure also. I wonder why they put you on this medication as apparently it can increase the sugar levels in some people, but if you have high blood pressure then it is needed. Diabetes affects cardiovascular system in the long run. I am on a different Calcium Channel Blocker for fast heart rate (up to 179 on 24 hour heart monitor), I have a disease called Raynaud's and this too requires Calcium Channel Blockers as it is a circulatory disease which cuts blood flow to extremities (some mornings I have to poke up 3 times before getting any blood for my sugar monitoring, very annoying to say the least as if poking 6 times a day is not enough) but in my case my blood pressure is low (below 100 systolic) and I have to keep an eye on that, sometimes need to take something salty as I am not on this medication for blood pressure but heart rate control and blood flow control.

As for the dehydration I landed in ER Oct 2nd myself because of Metformin giving me severe diarrhea and severe dehydration, so I can understand why they stopped it, they did so for me also.

Hope you feel better soon

posted almost 3 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

i too am on metaform and jardiance for type 2 diabetes and also amlodipine and mavik for high blood pressure. it is a blocker of some kind. i have been taking it for a few years with mavik. i was diagnosed 4 months ago as type 2 diabetic by my heart doctor. my family doctor didn't do anything

posted almost 3 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Oops. It's not amlodipine it's ALOGLIPTIN. better for diabetes

posted almost 3 years ago
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