Amlodipine is used for:
Treating high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Amlodipine may be used alone or with other medicines. Amlodipine may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker. Amlopidine works by relaxing (dilating) your blood vessels, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing heart rate, which lowers the workload on the heart. Amlodipine also dilates coronary arteries increasing blood flow to the heart.
Do NOT use Amlodipine if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Amlodipine
Before using Amlodipine :
Some medical conditions may interact with Amlodipine . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have heart failure, very low blood pressure, or liver problems
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Amlodipine . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Vasopressin receptor antagonists (eg, conivaptan) because they may increase the risk of Amlodipine 's side effects
- Sildenafil because the risk of low blood pressure may be increased
How to use Amlodipine :
Use Amlodipine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Amlodipine . Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Take Amlodipine by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Continue to use Amlodipine even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of Amlodipine , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Important safety information:
- Amlodipine may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Amlodipine with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Amlodipine may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
- Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms.
- If you are taking Amlodipine for angina, it will not relieve the pain of an acute attack if taken at the time of an acute attack. It prevents or reduces the number of angina attacks only if you take it on regular schedule.
- When you begin using Amlodipine , it may cause a headache, which usually lasts for a short time.
- While you are using Amlodipine , it is important to brush and floss your teeth carefully to reduce swelling and tenderness of your gums.
- Although rare, Amlodipine has been known to increase chest pain and increase the risk of heart attack, especially in patients with severe heart disease.
- Lab tests, including blood pressure checks, may be performed while you use Amlodipine . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use Amlodipine with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Amlodipine should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Amlodipine while you are pregnant. It is not known if Amlodipine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Amlodipine .
Possible side effects of Amlodipine :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Dizziness; drowsiness; fatigue; flushing; headache; muscle cramps; nausea; stomach pain; weakness.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); dark urine; difficulty breathing; fast or irregular heartbeat; pounding in the chest; swelling of feet or legs; tender, bleeding, or swollen gums; worsening chest pain; yellowing of the eyes or skin.