Amlodipine is used for the treatment of blood pressure or chest pain and other conditions due to coronary artery disease. It is relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow. Low blood pressure reduces the loss of stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and other potentially fatal conditions. This tablet does not cure high blood pressure and chest pain but helps in controlling them.
How does this medication work
Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker. It works by inhibiting the entry of calcium into cardiac and vascular smooth muscle and prevents muscle contraction and thereby reduces blood pressure.
How to take amlodipine
Amlodipine can be taken with or without food. Consumption of grapefruit and grapefruit products should be avoided when consuming amlodipine tablets as grapefruit can increase the level of amlodipine in the blood, causing an unstable rise in blood pressure thereby reducing the effects of amlodipine tablets. Take medicines at the same time each day. It is important to continue this medicine, even if there are no symptoms. Do not stop taking this medicine without doctor’s advice.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. The doctor may initially start with a low dose and gradually increase it in chronic cases of hypertension. Do not use this medicine in large or small amounts or for longer than recommended.
Amlodipine may cause some side effects such as swelling of hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs, headache, upset stomach, abdominal pain, dizziness or mild headache, drowsiness, extreme fatigue, flushing. Some side effects can be serious. Contact a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
Before using this medicine, provide your doctor with information about your current medications, following products such as: vitamins, herbal supplements, etc., allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions. Certain health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side effects of the drug. Take the medicine according to your doctor’s instructions. The dosage is based on your condition. If your condition does not improve or if your condition worsens, tell your doctor.
If you take other drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Amlodipine Tablet may change. This may increase your risk for side effects or because of this your medicine may not work well. Tell your doctor about all the medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that your doctor can help you avoid the side effects of the drug.