Amlodipine is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and can also be used to treat a certain type of chest pain called angina. At e-Surgery we can only prescribe Amlodipine for high blood pressure.
How does Amlodipine work when treating high blood pressure?
Amlodipine treats high blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels, so that blood passes through them more easily. In patients with angina, Amlodipine works by improving blood supply to the heart muscle which then receives more oxygen and as a result chest pain is prevented.
How do I take Amlodipine for High Blood Pressure?
Swallow the Amlodipine one tablet whole with a drink of water, before or after food to reduce blood pressure. It is usually taken once daily, taken at the same time each day. Do not take Amlodipine with grapefruit juice, as this can increase the chance of side effects.
Amlodipine for high blood pressure is generally prescribed in 5mg tablets, but your doctor may adjust your dosage to as high as 10mg tablets. Taking too many Amlodipine tablets for high blood pressure can cause you to feel dizzy, lightheaded, weak or faint. Your skin may feel cool or clammy. Seek immediate medical attention if you take too many Amlodipine tablets for high blood pressure.
Is there any reason I should not take Amlodipine for high blood pressure?
You should not take Amlodipine for high blood pressure if:
You are allergic (hypersensitive) to amlodipine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycolate, colloidal anhydrous silica, Magnesium stearate) or to any other calcium antagonists. Amlodipine allergy may cause itching, reddening of the skin or difficulty breathing.
You are elderly and your dose needs to be increased
If you’re unsure if you should be take Amlodipine for high blood pressure, use our free Ask a Pharmacist service and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you have about the medication.
Does Almodipine for high blood pressure Interact With Any Other Medication?
Amlodipine to treat high blood pressure can interact with certain medication. You should consult your pharmacist or prescriber before taking Amlodipine for high blood pressure if you also currently taking:
What Are the Side Effects of Almodipine for high blood pressure?
Like all medication, Amlodipine used to treat high blood pressure can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Visit your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects after taking Amlodipine for high blood pressure:
Sudden wheeziness, chest pain, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing
Swelling of eyelids, face or lips
Swelling of the tongue and throat which causes great difficulty breathing
Severe skin reactions including intense skin rash, hives, reddening of the skin over your whole body, severe itching, blistering, peeling and swelling of the skin, inflammation of mucous membranes (Stevens Johnson Syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis) or other allergic reactions
Heart attack, abnormal heart beat
Inflamed pancreas which may cause severe abdominal and back pain accompanied with feeling very unwell
The following are common side effects of Amlodipine for high blood pressure. If this causes you problems or lasts for more than one week, you should seek medical assistance.
Common side effects of Amlodipine tablets:
Oedema (fluid retention)
Headache, dizziness, sleepiness (especially at the beginning of treatment
Palpitations (awareness of your heart beat), flushing