Amlodipine

Brand Names

Norvasc®, Caduet®, Lotrel. (There may be other brand names for this medication).

How is it Administered?

Amlodipine comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day. Try to take it around the same time every day.

What is it Used For?

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina).

How Does it Work?

Amlodipine is in a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. Calcium channel blockers stop calcium from going into the muscle cells of the heart and arteries (blood vessels that carry blood towards the heart). This relaxes and opens up the blood vessels, blood flows more easily, and blood pressure is lowered.

What Should I Tell My Doctor Before I Begin Receiving Amlodipine?

Tell your doctor if you:

  • have had an allergic reaction to amlodipine or any other medications, foods, or dyes.
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • are taking any prescription or nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products
  • have heart failure or kidney disease

This drug may interact with other medications, increasing or decreasing their effectiveness or causing harmful side effects. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about any prescription or over-the- counter medications, vitamins, herbal or diet supplements that you are taking.

What Are Some Possible Side Effects I May Experience?

  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • drowsiness
  • excessive tiredness
  • flushing (feeling of warmth)
  • headache
  • stomach pain, upset stomach
  • swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs

How Can I Manage These Side Effects?

  • Ask your doctor about medication to help prevent or lessen nausea or headache.

When Should I Call the Doctor?

Let your doctor know immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:

  • chest pains that are becoming more frequent or more severe
  • rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • fainting

What Else Should I Know About Amlodipine?

  • If your doctor prescribes a low-salt or low-sodium diet, follow the directions carefully.
  • Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
  • It is very important that you take your medicine exactly as directed and that you keep your appointments with your doctor even if you feel well. Do not take more or less than your doctor prescribes.
  • Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
  • If you would like more information about Amlodipine, talk to your doctor.