Amlodipine is prescribed for angina, a condition characterized by episodes of crushing chest pain that usually results from a lack of oxygen in the heart muscle due to clogged arteries. Amlodipine is also prescribed for high blood pressure. It is a type of medication called a calcium channel blocker. These drugs dilate blood vessels and slow the heart to reduce blood pressure and the pain of angina.
- Important Note
- How to use
- Side Effects
- Drug Interactions
- Missed Dose
If you have high blood pressure, you must take amlodipine regularly for it to be effective. Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may be several weeks before you get the full benefit of amlodipine; and you must continue taking it even if you are feeling well. Amlodipine does not cure high blood pressure; it merely keeps it under control.
Amlodipine may be taken with or without food. Amlodipine is taken once daily and may be used alone or in combination with other drugs for high blood pressure or angina. You should take amlodipine exactly as prescribed, even if your symptoms have disappeared. You will begin to see a drop in your blood pressure 24 hours after you start the medication.
Side effects may include dizziness, fatigue, flushing, fluid retention and swelling, headache, and palpitations (fluttery or throbbing heartbeat).
Check with your doctor before you stop taking amlodipine, as a slow reduction in the dose may be needed. Your doctor will prescribe amlodipine with caution if you have certain heart conditions or liver disease. Make sure the doctor is aware of all your medical problems before you start therapy with amlodipine. Although very rare, if you have severe heart disease, you may experience an increase in frequency and duration of angina attacks, or even have a heart attack, when you are starting on amlodipine or your dosage is increased. Safety and effectiveness in children less than 6 years old have not been established.
There are no known food or drug interactions with this medication.
Do not take amlodipine if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to this medication.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take two doses at the same time.
Amlodipine - oral
Brands with same active pharmaceutical ingredient(s)
Amloc®, Amlor®, Antacal®, Coroval B®, Istin®, Monopina®, Norvas®, Norvasc®, Terloc®
Store at room temperature in a tightly closed container, away from light.
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