Amlodipine, Generic for Norvasc
Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker that widens blood vessels and improves blood flow.
Amlodipine is used for:
Amlodipine is used to treat chest pain (angina) and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. It is also used lower high blood pressure to help prevent strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems. This medication works by affecting the movement of calcium into the cells of the heart and blood vessels. By regulating the movement of calcium, amlodipine can relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Lower blood pressure increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.
How to use Amlodipine:
Before using Amlodipine, be sure to consult your doctor and consider the risks of taking the medicine. This is a decision you and your doctor will make.
Consider the following before using Amlodipine:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Before taking Amlodipine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to other dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers such as nisoldipine or nifedipine. Also, tell your healthcare professional about any other allergies such as to foods, dyes, preservatives or animals.
Evidence of safety and efficacy regarding the effects of Amlodipine with pediatric population have not yet been established.
There is no evidence to suggest that there are in geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of Amlodipine in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more susceptible to age-related kidney, liver or heart problems which may affect the prescribed dosage.
Pregnancy & Breast Feeding
During pregnancy, Amlodipine should only be used when explicitly necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Amlodipine is passed into breast milk, therefore consult your doctor before breast-feeding while on Amlodipine.
Instructions for use:
Only use Amlodipine as directed by your doctor. Check the medication label for exact dosage instructions.
- Amlodipine should be taken by my mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor. If an upset stomach occurs while taking
- Amlodipine, then take with food to reduce chance of stomach irritation.
- Use Amlodipine regularly for maximum benefits. Continue to take Amlodipine even if you feel well. The majority of people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.
- If you are using Amlodipine for angina (chest pain) it must be taken regularly to be effective. Do not only take it when angina occurs.
- If you miss a dose of Amlodipine, take it as soon as possible. If it has been over 12 hours since your last dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double dose to make up for a missed one.
- While using Amlodipine, it is important to brush and floss teeth carefully to reduce swelling and tenderness of your gums.
Amlodipine Side Effects:
Side effects can exist in all medicines, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. If any of these common side effects persist or become worrisome, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
Common Amlodipine Side Effects
- Swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Upset stomach
- Stomach pain
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Excessive tiredness
Major Side Effects
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects when taking Amlodipine.
- More frequent or more severe chest pain
- Rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
- Trouble breathing
- Symptoms of a heart attack (such as chest/jaw/left arm pain, shortness of breath, unusual sweating).
Prices are for prescriptions of 30, 5mg tablets.
Amlodipine Drug Images:
Amlodipine 2.5 mg
Amlodipine 5 mg
Amlodipine 10 mg
Amlodipine 10 mg
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Amlodipine Patent Information:
Generic drugs don’t require patents, only brand name drugs do. The Norvasc’s patent exclusivity officially expired in March of 2007.
Before taking Amlodipine, discuss any allergies, you may have, with your doctor – or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which could possibly cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Discuss your medication history with your doctor or pharmacist, before taking Amlodipine. Inform them especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, alcohol use.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease, heart disease, coronary artery disease, or aortic stenosis.
This medicine could lower your blood pressure too much, especially when you first use it or if you are dehydrated. Stand or sit up slowly if you feel lightheaded or dizzy.
If Overdose of Amlodipine is Suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.
Proper storage of Amlodipine:
Amlodipine should be stored at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Amlodipine out of the reach of children and away from pets.
The information provided by LowestMed is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to be medical advice. Please seek medical advice before starting, changing or terminating any medical treatment. Discuss all medical related decisions with your physician, before adjusting anything related to your health care.