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Amlodipine

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Calcium Channel Blockers (Calcium Antagonists) Amcardia, Amlotens, Apo-Amlodipine, Tenox, Amlosin, Amtas, Avevasc, Varodipine, Actapin, Amilip-5, Amilip-10, Amlong, Norvasc, Zynor, Amdhapine, Amloc, Normodin, Stamlo

Amlodipine - What is it for

​Amlodipine lowers your blood pressure by relaxing and widening blood vessels. 

Amlodipine - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Amlodipine cause?

​The common side effects include leg swelling, headache and your face may appear red and feel warm. You may also experience dizziness and lightheadedness on getting up from a sitting or sleeping position. 

What are some side-effects that I need to seek medical advice immediately?

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following: 

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medicine immediately and see your doctor.

Very rarely, this medicine can injure or damage the liver. A liver injury may recover on its own. However in some cases, it can cause serious liver damage. Stop this medicine and see a doctor immediately if you notice dark coloured urine or light coloured stools, or if you experience nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain or yellowing of your eyes or skin. This side effect has a very low chance of occurring. Most patients take this medicine with no problems. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding your medicines.

Before taking Amlodipine, what precautions must I follow?

​If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you should inform your healthcare provider. 

Inform your healthcare provider if you are taking any other medications.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Amlodipine?

​Avoid taking grapefruit when you are taking this medicine as grapefruit may interact with your medicine and increase the risk of side-effects.

Amlodipine - Dosage and How to Use

How should Amlodipine be used?

  • Do not stop taking your medicine without checking with your healthcare provider 
  • This medicine may be taken with or without food

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only the usual dose. Do not double your dose or use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

​​If you take more than the recommended dose, please seek medical advice immediately.

Amlodipine - Handling

How should I handle Amlodipine safely?

Amlodipine - Storage

How should I store Amlodipine?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

Throw away all expired medicines.

How should I dispose of Amlodipine safely?

​Pack this medicine into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin. 

Amlodipine - Additional Information

  • Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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