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#1 Clementine

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 05:12 PM

Does anyone know if one must wean off Norvasc when taking it for Raynaud's?

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#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 05:17 PM

Yep, you do. ;)

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 12:38 AM

I am not sure whether it needs to be weaned when prescribed for Raynaud's, though it should be weaned when it is taken for high blood pressure as noted in this MedicineNet article on amlodipine-oral (Norvasc):

Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Your chest pain may worsen if the drug is abruptly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.

Just give your doctor a call to be sure.
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Posted 06 February 2009 - 04:15 AM

Thanks, just trying to figure out the cause of fatigue and thought it may be a side effect of Norvasc.

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 04:24 AM

My dr didn't wean me off. I just stopped an got put on another medication right away.

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 04:52 AM

Hey darlin' Clementine,

I think the deal with coming off medications, is that except for things that you apply topically, any pill you swallow is going to have some sort of systemic effect. My doctor weaned me off 5mg at a time, but I just can't remember if that was per week, 10 days, or two weeks.

What does your doctor say?

Right now I could use something else (more?) for my Raynaud's - the hands have passed blue and are heading to white. Wonder why when I just crawled out of a warm bed? Yawn~~~

I couldn't take the Norvasc - I ended up with truly impressive edema~ I did take a look at side effects and fatigue wasn't listed. You already know about sclero and fatigue. You've been really busy lately and have done a lot of travelling - are you sure you haven't overdone it?

Be good to yourself!

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 05:07 AM

Jeannie,

Yeah, I am sure I've been doing too much.

I read last night that calcium channel blockers (CCBs) can cause fatigue. I don't know anymore.

I will be moving to Texas and the weather will be warmer so it may be a good time to halt it. Besides, even when I do take it I can't tolerate the grocery store.

The fatigue page on this site is wonderful. I've not talked to the doctor yet. He recommended Prednisone for fatigue and I said NO, not after the terrible side effects that caused for me, and they are permanent!

Thanks.
Clem