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    What is Amlodipine–Atenolol used for?

    Amlodipine–Atenolol is a fixed dose combination drug used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), as well as treat or prevent angina (chest pain) and heart attack. Amlodipine–Atenolol may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    Amlodipine–Atenolol is an antihypertensive medication composed of 2 drugs: Amlodipine and Atenolol; of which Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker that relaxes coronary arteries, thereby improving blood flow, and Atenolol is a beta blocker that blocks the action of certain natural chemicals in the body. This helps lower strain on the heart, blood pressure and heart rate.

    What is the recommended dosage of Amlodipine–Atenolol?

    The dosage of Amlodipine–Atenolol prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Take Amlodipine–Atenolol with a full glass of water.

    What if you miss a dose of Amlodipine–Atenolol?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Amlodipine–Atenolol medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

    What if you overdose on Amlodipine–Atenolol?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Amlodipine–Atenolol, seek medical attention immediately.

    Overdose symptoms of Amlodipine–Atenolol may include dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath and weakness.

    What other drug(s) could interact with Amlodipine–Atenolol?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Amlodipine–Atenolol. Make sure to inform your doctor if you are taking any of the above-mentioned drugs.

    Amlodipine–Atenolol can interact with the following types of medicines: other heart or blood pressure medications, asthma medicines, diabetes medicines and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

    Usually drug interactions may occur when certain drugs are taken together. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any prescription medications, over-the-counter products (non-prescription medications) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbals, which may increase the effect of Amlodipine–Atenolol. This information can help your doctor to warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. It is also important to tell your healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions or a family history of any medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Amlodipine–Atenolol?

    Like other medicines, Amlodipine–Atenolol can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Amlodipine–Atenolol are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Amlodipine–Atenolol cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Amlodipine–Atenolol develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Amlodipine–Atenolol can cause side effects such as tiredness, dizziness, shortness of breath, stomach pain, flushing, headache and cold arms or legs. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Amlodipine–Atenolol.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Amlodipine–Atenolol?

    Is it possible for me to take Amlodipine–Atenolol with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Amlodipine–Atenolol?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Amlodipine–Atenolol?
    How will Amlodipine–Atenolol work in my body?
    How should Amlodipine–Atenolol be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Amlodipine–Atenolol drug interactions and side effects?

    What other important information should you know about Amlodipine–Atenolol?

    Before taking Amlodipine–Atenolol, make sure to tell your doctor if you

    • have liver problems;
    • have heart problems (congestive heart failure, Prinzmetal's angina);
    • have blood circulation problems;
    • have very low blood pressure;
    • are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

    - Amlodipine–Atenolol may cause dizziness/drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do any activities that require alertness until you are certain you can perform such tasks safely.
    - Also to avoid dizziness, get up slowly from sitting or lying down positions.
    - Do let your doctor know if you are allergic to Amlodipine–Atenolol, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medicines.
    - Avoid alcoholic beverages while on treatment with Amlodipine–Atenolol.

    Disclaimer

    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Amlodipine–Atenolol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

     

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