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What does Amlodipine treat?

Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker used to treat and prevent angina (chest pain) and lower blood pressure. This relaxes the coronary arteries and this allows blood to flow more easily. This may be used in other treatments based on the decision of your physician.

Dosage Instructions

Follow the Amlodipine dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. This may be taken with or without food.

Missed a dose?

Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time is closer to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never ever double the doses unless your doctor specifically instructs you so.

Overdosed?

Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Amlodipine is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase the effect of Amlodipine.

It may interact with: 

  • Nitroglycerin

It may also interact with other high blood pressure medications and chest pain medications.

Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.

Possible Side Effects

Amlodipine might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.

Side effects may include diarrhea, constipation, headache, swelling ankles/ feet, drowsiness, insomnia, depression, nervousness, nausea, vomiting, rash, stomach pain and dry mouth. This is not the complete list though.

In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

What to ask your doctor before you start on Amlodipine

  • Can I take Amlodipine along with other drugs? 
  • Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Amlodipine? 
  • What is the dosage of Amlodipine to be consumed? 
  • How should I use Amlodipine? 
  • How will Amlodipine work on my body? 
  • How can the drug interactions and side effects of Amlodipine be minimized or completely avoided?

Disclaimer

The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Amlodipine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.

 

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