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Although most people do not experience any problems while taking Exforge, side effects are still possible. Some of the most common reactions to this drug include swelling, sore throat, and upper respiratory tract infections. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience more serious side effects, such as chest pain, rapid weight gain, or signs of an allergic reaction.

An Introduction to Exforge Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Exforge® (amlodipine and valsartan). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Exforge. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Possible Side Effects of Exforge

Exforge has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and then compared to the side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common side effects of Exforge included:
  • Swelling or water retention, especially in the lower legs, ankles, or feet -- in up to 5.4 percent of people
  • A sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose -- up to 4.3 percent
  • Upper respiratory tract infections (such as the common cold) -- up to 2.9 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 2.1 percent.
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