Amlodipine is a long-acting calcium channel blockers. It is indicated for the treatment of hypertension or high blood pressure. It is also prescribed by doctors to treat conditions like:
Lowering the blood pressure helps reduces the risk of patients from cardiovascular-related events such as heart attack and stroke. It also lowers the patient’s risk from having kidney problems, loss of vision and other problems.
Amlodipine belongs to the class of drug known as calcium channel blocker. This drug works by blocking the calcium from entering into the muscle along the walls of the blood vessels and into the heart muscle. Blocking the calcium widens the blood vessels thus improving the flow of blood and reducing the blood pressure. It relaxes the blood vessel so the heart won’t have to pump blood that hard.
How to use Amlodipine?
Amlodipine comes in a tablet of 2.5mg, 5mg and 10mg. Take this medication once a day. You can take it with or without food. The typical dose for an adult is 5mg a day with a maximum dose of 10mg a day. For adults who are fragile, small or have liver problems, they may start with 2.5mg a day. For children who are 6 to 17 years of age, their dose is 2.5 mg to 5 mg once a day. This medication may only control chest pain and blood pressure but it will not cure the underlying condition. Take this medication even if you feel well.
What are the side effects of amlodipine?
Some of the side effects of amlodipine are:
Serious side effects are:
If you will experience side effects not mentioned above, seek medication attention right away.
Amlodipine can cause low blood pressure in people with heart valve problems known as aortic stenosis.