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Felodipine can cause cold feet sensation.
This is one of the side effects.
Switching to a different medication like Enalapril will be helpful.
I have stopped taking Felodipine which was causing my ankles to swell. The result is that I now have cold feet. I this to be expected and is it temporary? Thanks
This is temporary.
Ankle swelling was also felodipine related.
Cold feet from stopping felodipine is likely due to the change in blood flow to the feet.
This may improve with exercises, wearing thick socks.
... and to be expected now that I have stopped taking Felodipine?
yes it does occur after stopping felodipine
Usually you will see gradual improvement over next 3-4 weeks.
Thanks very much - I am very relieved.
YOu can ask your Gp to start on Losartan which prevents cold feet
Losartan also contorls your BP.
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This is not a typical symptom on stopping this drug. It is a calcium channel blocker and typically does not have rebound effects.
However, you can have peripheral vascular disease that has not been diagnosed. This needs examination and possibly ultrasound of the legs and ankles to look at the arterial flow.
You also need to make sure that you do not have hypertension at this point. See your doctor right away.
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So you are saying that the answer I received from Dr Basu is incorrect?
I hope you understand my confusion given the two opposing opinions. I suffer badly from varicose veins, which will be operated on in a couple of months. My GP suggested that as my BP (with medication) is very low, I could stop the Felodipine component, which she believed caused swollen ankles. The result is the sensation of cold feet (to the touch, the feet do not feel particularly cold). I walk more than two thousand miles per year with no pain or cramps, I do not smoke and have a low (ish) cholesterol level. I would appreciate anything you have to add. Kind Regards