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    Amlodipine

    Information about Amlodipine

    Amlodipine uses

    Amlodipine is used in the treatment of Hypertension (high blood pressure) and subarachnoid haemorrhage.

    How amlodipine works

    Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker. It works by relaxing blood vessels which makes the heart more efficient at pumping blood throughout the body.

    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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    Written By
    Dr. Betina Chandolia
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    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
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    Last updated on:
    23 Sep 2019 | 12:00 PM (IST)
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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. 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 activity require mental focus until you know how Amlodipine affects you. 
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

    Frequently asked questions for Amlodipine

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    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 hard on 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. The uncommon side effects of Amlodipine includes passing urine more often and night-time urinating.

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

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

    Q. How long do I need to take Amlodipine?

    You should keep on taking Amlodipine as long as your doctor has recommended you to take it. You may need to take it lifelong. Do not stop taking it, as it may lead to increased blood pressure and you may fall at risk of stroke and heart attack.

    Q. Is Amlodipine a beta blocker?

    No, Amlodipine is not a beta blocker. It belongs to a class of medicine known as calcium channel blocker. 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 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.

    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 or drinking grapefruit juice while taking Amlodipine.

    Content on this page was last updated on 23 September, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)