What is Amlodipine: Side Effects, Dosage, How to Take

What is Amlodipine: Side Effects, Dosage, How to Take

What is amlodipine

Amlodipine is a drug which is used to treat chest pain (angina) and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease.  A calcium channel blocker that dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow.

Amlodipine is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.

Amlodipine is available as the brand-name drug Norvasc. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name drug.

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How to take Amlodipine

Take amlodipine at the same time every day. You can cut or crush the tablet.

You should keep a log with the date, time of day, and your blood pressure readings. Bring this diary with you to your doctor appointments.

Dosage of Amlodipine

Starting dosage of Amlodipine for adults is 5 mg taken once per day. Your doctor may change your dosage based on your blood pressure goals. If your blood pressure is still not under control after 7–14 days of treatment, your doctor may increase your dosage. The Maximum dosage is 10 mg per day.

Dosage for ages of 6-17 years is 2.5–5 mg taken by mouth once per day. Doses above 5 mg haven't been studied in children and shouldn’t be used.

Dosage for ages 65 years and older is 2.5 mg taken by mouth once per day. Older adults may process drugs more slowly. A normal adult dosage may cause levels of amlodipine in your body to be higher than normal. If you’re a senior, you may need a lower dosage.

For coronary artery disease and angina the Dosage for adults' ages 18–64 years starting dosage is 5 mg taken once per day and Maximum dosage is 10 mg per day, for ages 65 years and older 5 mg taken by mouth once per day. A child’s dosage is not available for this use.

For people with liver disease the recommended dosage is 2.5 mg taken once per day.

Who cannot use Amlodipine

Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you. Take this medicine at the same time each day.

Liver disease; or a heart valve problem called aortic stenosis

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Amlodipine can pass into breast milk, but effects on the nursing baby are not known.

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Amlodipine Side effects

Low blood pressure. Which has symptoms such as severe dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting.

Chest pain or a heart attack. When you first start taking amlodipine or increase your dosage, your chest pain may get worse or you may have a heart attack. Which has symptoms such as chest pain or discomfort, upper body discomfort, shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, unusual tiredness, nausea, lightheadedness.

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Swelling of the ankles or feet

Difficult or labored breathing

dizziness

fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse

feeling of warmth

redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

shortness of breath

tightness in the chest

wheezing

Black, tarry stools

bleeding gums

blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin

blood in the urine or stools

blurred vision

burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings

chest pain or discomfort

chills

cold and clammy skin

cold sweats

confusion

dark yellow urine

cough

diarrhea

dilated neck veins

dizziness or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position

extra heartbeats

extreme fatigue

fainting

fever

itching of the skin

joint or muscle pain

large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs

numbness and tingling of the face, fingers, or toes

pain in the arms, legs, or lower back, especially pain in the calves or heels upon exertion

painful or difficult urination

pale, bluish-colored, or cold hands or feet

pinpoint red or purple spots on the skin

red, irritated eyes

redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

redness, soreness or itching skin

shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet

slow or irregular heartbeat

sore throat

sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth

sores, welting, or blisters

sudden sweating

sweating

swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs

swollen glands

trembling or shaking of the hands or feet

unsteadiness or awkwardness

unusual bleeding or bruising

unusual tiredness or weakness

weak or absent pulses in the legs

weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet

weight gain

yellow eyes or skin

Drugs that interact with Amlodipine

Amlodipine can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.

Taking Diltiazem, ketoconazole, Iitraconazole, voriconazole, clarithromycin with amlodipine can increase the level of amlodipine in your body. This may cause more side effects.

Taking sildenafil, tadalafil, Avanafil, vardenafil with Amlodipine can increase your risk of low blood pressure (hypotension). 

Taking simvastatin with amlodipine can cause the levels of this cholesterol medication to increase in your body.

Taking amlodipine with cyclosporine, tacrolimus can cause the levels of these medications to increase in your body. This may lead to more side effects.

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Amlodipine Warnings

Amlodipine is processed liver. If the liver isn’t working well, more of this drug may stay in your body longer. This puts at risk for more side effects. If the patient has severe liver problems, should use lower dosage.

Having heart problems, such as narrowing of arteries, this drug may increase risk of health problems. Having low blood pressure, worse chest pain, or a heart attack after starting or increasing dose of amlodipine.

Some research has shown that amlodipine passes into breast milk. However, it’s not known if amlodipine can cause side effects in a child who is breastfed.

Amlodipine can cause a severe allergic reaction such as trouble breathing, swelling of your throat or tongue and hives.

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