S-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. The enhanced blood flow in the body further 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.
Q. How long does it take for S-Amlodipine to work?
S-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. Is S-Amlodipine bad for the kidneys?
No, there is no evidence that S-Amlodipine causes deterioration of kidney problems. S-Amlodipine can be used in normal doses in patients with kidney problems. In fact, its blood pressure-lowering effect helps to prevent injury to the kidneys due to hypertension.
Q. Should I take S-Amlodipine in the morning or at night?
S-Amlodipine can be taken anytime in the morning or evening, usually prescribed once daily. Take the medicine as advised by the 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 S-Amlodipine?
You should keep on taking S-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 S-Amlodipine, your blood pressure may increase again and your condition may worsen.
Q. I have been told that I have to take S-Amlodipine for several years. Is it safe to take it for a long time?
S-Amlodipine is a blood pressure-lowering medicine. It does not cure hypertension but helps to keep the blood pressure under control for as long as you take. For this reason, blood pressure-lowering medicines may need to be taken for a long period of time or even life long. S-Amlodipine is safe and well tolerated by most people and does not have any lasting toxicity when taken for a long time. For best results, take it exactly as advised by the doctor. Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor first.
Q. I have developed swelling over my ankles after using S-Amlodipine. What should I do?
S-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.
Q. Do I need to change my diet while using S-Amlodipine?
Avoid eating grapefruit (chakotra) or drinking grapefruit juice while taking S-Amlodipine. Take a low sodium and low-fat diet, and adhere to the lifestyle changes as advised by your doctor.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 27th Jul 2021. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.