Amlodipine: Uses, Side Effects

Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker
that dilates (widens) blood vessels and improves blood flow.

Amlodipine is used to treat chest pain
(angina) and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease.

Amlodipine is also used to treat high blood
pressure (hypertension). Lowering blood pressure may lower your risk of a
stroke or heart attack.

Amlodipine is for use in adults and
children who are at least 6 years old.

Important information

Before taking amlodipine, tell your doctor
if you have congestive heart failure or liver disease.

Drinking alcohol can further lower your
blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of amlodipine.

If you are being treated for high blood
pressure, keep using amlodipine even if you feel well. High blood pressure
often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the
rest of your life.

Amlodipine is only part of a complete
program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, and
other medications. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very

Tell your doctor about all other heart or
blood pressure medications you are taking.

Your chest pain may become worse when you
first start taking amlodipine or when your dose is increased. Call your doctor
if your chest pain is severe or ongoing.

Before taking this medicine

You should not take amlodipine if you are
allergic to it.

To make sure amlodipine is safe for you,
tell your doctor if you have:

  • liver disease; or
  • a heart valve problem called aortic stenosis.

It is not known whether this medicine will
harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become

Amlodipine can pass into breast milk, but
effects on the nursing baby are not known. Tell your doctor if you are

Amlodipine is not approved for use by
anyone younger than 6 years old.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have
signs of an allergic reaction to amlodipine: hives; difficulty breathing;
swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, when you first start taking
amlodipine, your angina may get worse or you could have a heart attack. Seek
emergency medical attention or call your doctor right away if you have symptoms
such as: chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder,
nausea, sweating.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
  • worsening chest pain;
  • swelling in your feet or ankles;
  • severe drowsiness; or
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out.

Common amlodipine side effects may include:

  • dizziness;
  • feeling tired;
  • stomach pain, nausea; or
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

This is not a complete list of side effects
and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

What other drugs will affect amlodipine?

Tell your doctor about all your current
medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:

  • nitroglycerin;
  • simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin); or
  • any other heart or blood pressure medications.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with amlodipine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

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