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Can swelling in the legs, arms and hands be caused by medications?

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Posted on Fri, 27 Nov 2020
Question: My 80 year old husband had two hemorrhagic strokes 1/1/2018 and has been in a rehabilitation center since them. His mind is not functioning, but I am worried about swelling in he hands, arms, legs beneath the knee and feet. Could it be some medication he is taking or one that he needs to take?
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (42 minutes later)
Brief Answer:

Different conditions may cause such swelling.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

In my opinion, three are the most likely of such swelling in extremities in your husband's case:

1. adverse effects of drugs, especially amlodipine

2. low proteins in the blood

3. kidneys dysfunction

Blood tests are necessary to assess proteins levels and kidneys function, also correction of any abnormality in these tests may be necessary.

If no problems found in such tests, drugs adverse effects remain the most likely condition.

Discuss with your husband's Doctor about these issues.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Erion Spaho, Neurologist, Surgical
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Can swelling in the legs, arms and hands be caused by medications?

Brief Answer: Different conditions may cause such swelling. Detailed Answer: Hello, In my opinion, three are the most likely of such swelling in extremities in your husband's case: 1. adverse effects of drugs, especially amlodipine 2. low proteins in the blood 3. kidneys dysfunction Blood tests are necessary to assess proteins levels and kidneys function, also correction of any abnormality in these tests may be necessary. If no problems found in such tests, drugs adverse effects remain the most likely condition. Discuss with your husband's Doctor about these issues. Hope I have answered your query. Take care Regards, Dr Erion Spaho, Neurologist, Surgical