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    Amlodipine

    Information about Amlodipine

    Amlodipine uses

    Amlodipine is used in the treatment of Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Angina (heart-related chest pain).

    How amlodipine works

    Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker. In high blood pressure, it normalizes the blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels to reduce the pressure on them, thereby improving the blood flow in the body. In heart-related chest pain (angina), the enhanced blood flow in the body relaxes the heart muscles by reducing the workload on the heart. It also improves the oxygen flow in the body, thereby, preventing any heart-related chest pain.

    Common side effects of amlodipine

    Fatigue, Ankle swelling, Sleepiness, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Headache, Nausea, Dizziness, Palpitations, Edema (swelling), Abdominal pain
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    Expert advice for Amlodipine

    • Take it at the same time every day to help you remember to take it.
    • A sudden drop in your blood pressure may occur, especially when you first start taking Amlodipine. To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.
    • It can cause ankle or foot swelling. To reduce the swelling, raise your legs while you are sitting down. Talk to your doctor if it does not go away.
    • It may cause dizziness. Do not drive or perform any activity that requires mental focus until you know how Amlodipine affects you. 
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

    Frequently asked questions for Amlodipine

    Amlodipine

    Q. How long does it take for Amlodipine to work?

    Amlodipine starts working on the day it is taken. However, it may take weeks to see the full effect. You should continue taking the medicine even if you feel better or if you do not notice any considerable difference. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns or you feel worse after taking the medicine.

    Q. Does Amlodipine cause itching?

    Amlodipine may cause itching in some patients, though it is an uncommon side effect. If it is severe and worries you, contact your doctor.

    Q. Is Amlodipine bad for the kidneys?

    No, there is no evidence that Amlodipine causes deterioration of kidney problems. Amlodipine can be used in normal doses in patients with kidney problems. In fact, by lowering the blood pressure, it helps to prevent injury to the kidneys due to hypertension.

    Q. Should I take Amlodipine in the morning or at night?

    Amlodipine can be taken anytime in the morning or evening, usually prescribed once daily. Follow the advice of your doctor. It is advised to take it at the same time each day so that you remember to take it and consistent levels of medicine are maintained in the body.

    Q. How long do I need to take Amlodipine?

    You should keep on taking Amlodipine for as long as your doctor has recommended you to take it. You may need to take it lifelong. Do not stop taking it, even if you feel well or your blood pressure is well controlled. If you stop taking Amlodipine, your blood pressure may increase again and your condition may worsen.

    Q. Is Amlodipine a beta-blocker?

    No, Amlodipine is not a beta-blocker. It belongs to a class of medicines known as calcium channel blockers. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can easily flow through the blood vessels.

    Q. What are the serious side effects of Amlodipine?

    Amlodipine may cause some serious side effects such as liver problems (yellowing of skin, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite), pancreatitis (severe stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting), and recurrent chest pain which may be indicative of a heart attack. However, these side effects are rarely seen. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medicine to you because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of any potential side effects. Follow your doctor's advice.

    Q. What should I avoid while taking Amlodipine?

    Consult your doctor first before starting any new prescription or non-prescription medicines or supplements. Avoid eating grapefruit (chakotra) or drinking grapefruit juice while taking Amlodipine. Take low sodium and low-fat diet, and adhere to the lifestyle changes as advised by your doctor.

    Q. I have developed ankle edema and swelling over my feet after using a Amlodipine. What should I do?

    Amlodipine can cause ankle or foot swelling. Raise your legs while you are sitting down. Talk to your doctor if it does not go away.

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 January, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)