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What should I know before taking this drug
Amlodipine is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Amlodipine is pronounced as: am- LOE- di- peen
Amlodipine is a cardio vascular drug / Calcium Channel Blocker.
Amlodipine is used in the treatment of
- Take amlodipine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If do not understand these instructions ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
- Do not take the medication in larger amounts or for longer duration than recommended by your doctor. Take this medication with a full glass of water.
- Take amlodipine at the same time every day to avoid forgetting.
- Do not skip doses or stop taking amlodipine without consulting your doctor. Stopping suddenly may worsen hypertension or cause other serious cardiac problems like worsening of angina.
- Always remember to inform your health expert if you are currently taking any OTC or prescription drugs like,
- Antibiotics like erythromycin, Rifampicin
- Other Anti hypertensive drugs
- Antiarrythmic drugs
- Inform your doctor if you have following medical diseases , as Amlodipine should be used cautiously in these conditions
- Liver disease
- History of heart failure
Do not use if you are allergic / hypersensitive to the amlodipine.
Old people: Old people may be more sensitive to amlodipine effects; caution is advised.
Pregnant woman: Amlodipine belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that amlodipine may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether amlodipine passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take amlodipine with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Visit your doctor regularly for monitoring your blood pressure and pulse rate when taking amlodipine.
Amlodipine is available in the form of tablet.
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
The overdose symptoms of Amlodipine are
- Light headedness, fainting
- Rapid heart beat
Amlodipine may cause following side effects
Consult your doctor immediately if notice following symptoms.
- Allergic reaction like swollen lips, hives, difficulty in breathing, rashes. Peeling of skin etc
- Chest pain, breathing difficulty,
- Palpitations, Irregular heart beat
- Jaundice (yellowing of eyes, skin)
- Unusually fast or slow pulse
- Tingling and numbness in the extremities
Store amlodipine at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
- Amlodipine causes dizziness when used for the first time when getting up from sitting or lying down position due to postural hypotension. Therefore avoid getting up too quickly and when dizzy do not drive or get involve in activity which requires you to be alert.
- Never stop amlodipine abruptly without consulting your doctor as it causes rebound hypertension and worsening of angina or attack of MI.
- Amlodipine causes gum swelling. Maintain good oral hygiene by regularly brushing & flossing your teeth.
- Avoid alcohol when on amlodipine as it may decrease your blood pressure and increase its side effects.
- Inform your doctor prior to any surgery regarding amlodipine medication as it may have to be stopped briefly before the procedure.
- Hypertension often has no symptoms, so you may not even feel that you have high blood pressure. Continue using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
- Adopt healthy lifestyle changes like regular exercise, healthy diet, quit smoking, alcohol to lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last Updated: July 15, 2011