Amlodipine belongs to a family of custom drug medicines known as calcium channel blockers. Amlodipine is often used to improve blood flow by opening or widening blood vessels. Amlodipine may help decrease blood pressure and thus lower a patient's risk for heart attacks, stroke, and kidney problems.
Physicians may also prescribe amlodipine for angina (chest pain) as the drug may decrease angina in patients allowing them to exercise more frequently or longer with fewer incidents of angina attacks. While amlodipine may be prescribed to prevent or decrease angina, amlodipine is not for treatment of angina attacks when they occur. If you are suffering from angina, discuss this with your physician before taking amlodipine.
Amlodipine is to be taken orally with or without food, once a day as directed by your doctor or healthcare provider.
All medications may cause side effects in certain individuals. Amlodipine may contribute to any of the following:
If any of the above listed side effects linger or worsen, consult with your compounding pharmacist or physician right away.
Extreme dizziness, fainting, or chest pain can be severe and serious side effects. If you experience any of these, or any other side effects that are serious or concerning, seek medical attention immediately.
Consult with your physician and discuss all the medications you are currently taking before beginning a course of amlodipine.
Patients with a history of blood pressure, heart issues, or liver disease should not take amlodipine before first engaging in a full consultation with their physician about their medical history and status.
Do not take amlodipine if you are sensitive to dihydropyridines, have a significant aortic stenosis, suffer from serious and severe hypotension, or currently have unstable angina.
Use caution and limit all alcoholic beverages while taking amlodipine.
Amlodipine may cause dizziness so it is recommended to be cautious when driving or using any type of potentially dangerous machinery until you understand exactly how amlodipine will affect you.
Do not take if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, or currently breast feeding or planning to begin breast feeding.
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