Amlodipine is in a group of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Amlodipine relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow. Amlodipine is used to treat blood pressure or chest pain and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease. This medication is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. Amlodipine is an oral medicine with an antianginal and antihypertensive. Amlodipine is used to lower high blood pressure and to treat coronary artery diseases in children aged above 6 years and adults. Amlodipine is proved to significantly reduce the risk of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events, including the risk of primarily strokes myocardial infarctions, coronary revascularization, hospitalization due to angina pectoris. The maximum recommended dose of Norvasc to treat hypertension or angina pectoris in adults is 10mg per day. Children from 6 to 17 years are recommended to take no more than one of Amlodipine 5mg per day.
Amlodipine comes in three tablet sizes, which should be taken once a day, with or without food: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg. Adults typically start out with a maximum dose of 10 mg. Adults who are small, fragile, elderly, or have liver problems may be started on a 2.5 mg dose. Children ages 6 to 17 may be given doses of 2.5 to 5 mg. The effect of Amlodipine on children under 6 years old is unknown.
A side effect of amlodipine is generally mild and reversible. The two most common side effects are headache and edema of the lower extremities. Other side effects include dizziness, flushing, fatigue, nausea, and palpitations. More serious side effects include an increase in the frequency and severity of angina, heart attack, and congestive heart failure. Increase in the frequency and severity of heart attack due to amlodipine happens on rare occasions in patients with severe coronary artery disease when first starting amlodipine, or at the time of an increase in dosage. Excessive lowering of blood pressure during initiation of amlodipine treatment can occur, especially in patients already taking other medications that lower blood pressure. medication is used to treat high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting may also occur if you exercise or if the weather is hot. Heavy sweating can cause a loss of too much water and result in low blood pressure. Use extra care during exercise or hot weather. If you have been using this medicine regularly for several weeks, do not suddenly stop using it. Stopping suddenly may cause your chest pain or high blood pressure to come back or get worse. Check with your doctor for the best way to reduce gradually the amount you are taking before stopping completely. Chest pain resulting from exercise or physical exertion is usually reduced or prevented by this medicine. This may tempt you to be too active. Make sure you discuss with your doctor a safe amount of exercise for your medical problem. After taking a dose of this medicine you may get a headache that lasts for a short time. This should become less noticeable after you have taken this medicine for a while. if this effect continues, or if the headaches are severe, check with your doctor.