Side Effects of Amlopril are Fatigue, Ankle swelling, Sleepiness, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Headache, Nausea, Dizziness, Palpitations, Edema (swelling), Abdominal pain.
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.
Amlopril 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 Amlopril cause itching?
Amlopril 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 Amlopril bad for the kidneys?
No, there is no evidence that Amlopril causes deterioration of kidney problems. Amlopril 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 Amlopril in the morning or at night?
Amlopril 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 Amlopril?
You should keep on taking Amlopril 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 Amlopril, your blood pressure may increase again and your condition may worsen.
Q. Is Amlopril a beta-blocker?
No, Amlopril 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 Amlopril?
Amlopril 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 Amlopril?
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 Amlopril. 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 Amlopril. What should I do?
Amlopril can cause ankle or foot swelling. Raise your legs while you are sitting down. Talk to your doctor if it does not go away.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 30th Dec 2019. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.