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A 29-year-old male asked:

Hi, i use amlodipine 5mg every night for my blood pressure and also valsartan 40. i know valsartan doesn't heart me but i'm afraid of amlodipine.

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Dr. Nathan Almeida
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 24 years experience
Relatively safe: Relatively safe medication, can cause mild ankle swelling ( benign). Discuss with your doc about using a single antihypertensive instead of small dose of 2 meds. You are young to have htn, avoid sodium in diet, do aerobic exercise, weight loss - you may be able to control HTN non pharmacologically.
Dr. Payam Mehranpour
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 24 years experience
BP control: All medication a have potential for side effects including valsartan ; amlodipine. Both are very good medications for treatment of high blood pressure ; very well tolerated by most. Periodic evaluation by your prescribing physician is needed to make sure they are the right meds for you. Remember, the potential long term effects of untreated hypertension can be worse than most side effects of meds.

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