What is Amlodipine?
Amlodipine is a so-called calcium blocker. The effect of this drug causes the blood vessels to dilate, so that the heart requires less oxygen, and the blood pressure is lowered.
What does Amlodipine treat?
Amlodipine is used to treat high blood pressure, heart spasm (angina) and Raynaud's syndrome.
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Amlodipine should be administered at a fixed time. It is a good idea to use the pills in the evening, if you suffer from giddiness.
Amlodipine is available in tablets of 5 and 10 mg. Ask your doctor, what strength you should take. The usual dose is one tablet once daily. Please always follow the doctor's advice.
A missed dose can be taken up to 16 hours late. Never take two tablets of Amlodipine at the same time to catch up for a forgotten dose.
In case of an overdose, dangerous low blood pressure may occur. Warning: always consult a doctor in case of overdose.
The following side effects of Amlodipine have been reported:
- Dizziness, drowsiness, headache
- Palpitations, rapid blush
- Stomach or intestinal disorders
When you should not take Amlodipine (contraindications)
Amlodipine should not be used, if you are allergic to the active ingredient Amlodipine or any other of its ingredients
In addition, Amlodipine should not be used in:
- Very low blood pressure
- Narrowing of the aortic valve
- Cardiogenic shock
- Heart failure after a heart attack
Pregnancy / lactation
There are few data on the effect of Amlodipine on a fetus or infant. Talk to your doctor about the use of Amlodipine, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
Interactions with other drugs
There can occur an interaction between Amlodipine and (among other things) the following medications (see leaflet for a complete list):
- Other antihypertensive drugs
- Certain medicines for HIV
- Telaprevir (hepatitis C)
As Amlodipine lowers blood pressure, you may feel dizzy at the start of treatment. Normally, these symptoms will disappear in the course of using the tablets. You should not drive until the symptoms have disappeared.
Alcohol causes the blood vessels to widen. Amlodipine does the same. This may increase the side effects and dizziness, which may occur. Caution with alcoholic beverages.