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Amlodipine

Amlodipine

Amlodipine is a prescription only medication that is available in various strengths and in tablet form. This medication comes in both generic and branded forms, depending on where you might purchase it. The brand name for Amlodipine is Norvasc. Amlodipine is sometimes used as a combination treatment with other medications to help with your heart and blood pressure function.   Amlodipine belongs to a group of medications known as calcium channel blockers. These drugs are often used for the treatment of various conditions caused by blood pressure. Amlodipine stops calcium from entering various arteries and tissues, which makes it easier for those components of the body to relax. When the arteries and tissues are relaxed, blood can flow more freely throughout the body. The less your heart needs to work to pump blood around the body, the easier it is to keep your body running properly, and the lower your risk of stroke and heart attack will be.   If you are using Amlodipine for angina or chest pain, then it may help to reduce your risk of hospitalization or further discomfort.  

Amlodipine is a medicine responsible for treating various forms of blood pressure ailments. Amlodipine is a kind of calcium blocker that causes blood vessels to dilate, meaning that the heart requires less oxygen to function. The result is a lower blood pressure level.  

What is Amlodipine? 

Amlodipine is a prescription only medication that is available in various strengths and in tablet form. This medication comes in both generic and branded forms, depending on where you might purchase it. The brand name for Amlodipine is Norvasc. Amlodipine is sometimes used as a combination treatment with other medications to help with your heart and blood pressure function.  

Amlodipine belongs to a group of medications known as calcium channel blockers. These drugs are often used for the treatment of various conditions caused by blood pressure. Amlodipine stops calcium from entering various arteries and tissues, which makes it easier for those components of the body to relax. When the arteries and tissues are relaxed, blood can flow more freely throughout the body. The less your heart needs to work to pump blood around the body, the easier it is to keep your body running properly, and the lower your risk of stroke and heart attack will be.  

If you are using Amlodipine for angina or chest pain, then it may help to reduce your risk of hospitalization or further discomfort.  

When is Amlodipine used? 

Amlodipine works both with and without other medications for the treatment of high blood pressure and various heart conditions. Although the signs of high blood pressure may not always be obvious at first, it’s important to keep your blood pressure under control. Your doctor or consultant might recommend Amlodipine if you are at a higher than usual risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other problems. In some cases, high blood pressure can also cause issues with your kidneys. 

Amlodipine helps to improve the easy flow of blood around the body, keeping your organs and tissues properly supported.  

How do you use Amlodipine? 

Amlodipine medication comes in tablet format in a number of different strengths. Your medication will come with a patient leaflet that you should read carefully before you begin using the medication. If you have any questions about how to use Amlodipine after reading the patient leaflet then you can speak to a doctor or a pharmacist.  

Amlodipine is a pill intended for oral consumption, which means that you take it by mouth. You can consume Amlodipine with or without food depending on your preferences. Sometimes, taking pills with food can help to settle your stomach. If you are given the liquid form of this medication then you should make sure that you check whether it needs to be shaken before use. You will be able to find this information by checking the patient leaflet.  

When you use the oral suspension version of Amlodipine do not attempt to measure the amount that you need to take with anything other than the spoon provided. Using alternative equipment could mean that you don’t get the right dose.  

Amlodipine must be used regularly to ensure that you get the most benefit from it. Amlodipine should not be used to treat angina and chest pain when it occurs. Instead, you need to keep a regular dose of Amlodipine in your system to help to prevent against pain. You can use other medications to treat attacks when they happen.  

If taking Amlodipine doesn’t seem to improve your symptoms or lower your chances of an attack then you may need to discuss using a different treatment with your doctor.  

What dosages are there? 

Amlodipine comes in different strengths or doses that will be prescribed to you based on your condition and your response to previous treatments. Your doctor or consultant will need to assess your situation carefully to make sure that you are getting the right treatment for your symptoms.  

In many cases, you will begin taking Amlodipine at a lower than usual dose, and your doctor will gradually increase the amount that you need to take according to your response to the medication. In most cases, the usual dose will be one tablet taken once per day. If you miss a dose, then you can take it up to 16 hours late. However, you should not take multiple tablets of Amlodipine at the same time to help replace a missed dose.  

Tell your doctor immediately if your condition worsens when you are using Amlodipine regularly. If your condition doesn’t improve after a while, then you may need to seek additional or alternative treatment from a medical professional.  

What are the side effects Amlodipine? 

Amlodipine and other medications can often cause unintended side effects. The way that you respond to a medication will depend on a number of things, including your genetic makeup and medical history. Some of the side effects of Amlodipine are mild and will disappear on their own without any need for additional treatment. However, other side effects can be more dangerous.  

The most common side effects of Amlodipine include: 

  • Dizziness; 
  • Lightheadedness; 
  • Ankle or feet swelling; 
  • Flushing of the skin. 

If these symptoms persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately. You can reduce your risk of dizziness by getting up slowly when you are rising from a laying or sitting position. Remember to tell your doctor immediately if any more serious but rare side effects occur, such as irregular beating of your heart or fainting.  

While Amlodipine is intended to prevent chest pain and angina in most people, some people with severe heart disease issues could develop worsening pain in their chest. Taking Amlodipine can very rarely lead to a heart attack if your heart is already in bad condition. You should seek help immediately if you experience any worsening pain in your chest or symptoms of a heart attack, including left arm pain, jaw pain, and shortness of breath. 

A very serious allergic reaction to Amlodipine is not likely, however you should always be aware of the signs of an allergic response to any medication. Allergic reactions can include rashes, itching, and swelling around the throat, tongue, and face. You should also be careful to seek help if you notice any severe dizziness or problems with your breathing. 

When shouldn’t you use Amlodipine? 

Before you begin taking Amlodipine, it is important that you give your consultant or doctor a full insight into your medical history. Some people will be more susceptible to dangerous side effects when using Amlodipine than others. Because of this, it is important that your consultant is aware of your history with your health.  

You should not take Amlodipine if you are allergic to it, or any similar products suitable for blocking calcium in the body. It is also worth telling your consultant about any other allergies that you have as this medication can contain inactive ingredients that also cause reactions.  

Before you use this medication, ensure that you answer all of the questions asked by your consultant truthfully and carefully. Your consultant or doctor should always be aware of any history you have with heart conditions, including structural heart problems, or very low blood pressure. Amlodipine may not be appropriate for those with liver disease.  

Amlodipine can make you feel dizzy, and some substances like alcohol can worsen that effect, so be careful when drinking if you are taking Amlodipine. Additionally, keep in mind that older adults can be more likely to experience the side effects of this drug- particularly dizziness. This medication is generally avoided in pregnancy and breast feeding.  

Does Amlodipine interact with other medications? 

Some medications can interact with each other in your system and change the way that you respond to certain substances. It is important that you are aware of any interactions between medications that you are taking, as they can increase your chances of dangerous side effects. Keep a list of all the products that you are using, including over the counter medications, and prescription drugs. Share this list, including information on any herbal substances that you are taking with your doctor or consultant before you begin taking Amlodipine 

Some products include ingredients that increase your blood pressure, including diet aids and ibuprofen, tell your consultant or doctor if you are using these medications. Make sure that your consultant is aware of any medications similar to Amlodipine that you may be taking too.  

Where can you buy Amlodipine? 

Amlodipine is available to purchase following a consultation, through one of the partner pharmacies that work with us.  

Can I get Amlodipine without a prescription? 

Amlodipine is not available without a prescription. You will need a consultation, and a prescription to get this medication.  

Sources 

Drugs.com, online, 2020, “Amlodipine” [Accessed 15th of January 2020], Available on: https://www.drugs.com/amlodipine.html  

Mayo clinic, 2020, online, “Amlodipine”  [Accessed 15th of January 2020], Available on: https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/amlodipine-oral-route/precautions/drg-20061784  

Medicines.org, online, 2020, “Amlodipine”[Accessed 15th of January 2020], Available on: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/4579/smpc