AMLODIPINE belongs to a class of medicines called calcium channel blockers which are primarily taken for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina (chest pain). Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a lifelong or chronic condition in which the force exerted by the blood against the artery walls becomes high. Higher this blood pressure, harder the heart has to pump.
AMLODIPINE contains Amlodipine, a calcium channel blocker that acts by relaxing the blood vessels. This reduces the workload on the heart and makes the heart more efficient at pumping blood throughout the body. Thus, it helps to lower high blood pressure, reducing the chances of heart attack or stroke.
Take AMLODIPINE with or without food as prescribed by your doctor with a full glass of water. AMLODIPINE may be prescribed alone or in combination with other blood pressure lowering medicines depending upon your blood pressure levels. Inform your doctor if you are taking any other anti-hypertensive medicine. You may have common side effects like headache, feeling exhausted and swollen ankles that usually resolve after some time. You must closely monitor your blood pressure if you ever have had a stroke, heart attack or currently taking other blood pressure-lowering pills. It is advised to continue taking this drug and do not stop taking it suddenly without consulting your doctor.
It is advisable to drink plenty of fluids while taking this medicine. Lifestyle changes are particularly helpful in achieving optimum outcomes with AMLODIPINE and keeping blood pressure under check. Low salt diet, daily physical activity (even 20-30 minute brisk walking for 5 days a week can help!), losing weight in case of people who are obese etc are the mainstay of treatment of hypertension. Inform your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to AMLODIPINE, are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant, are breastfeeding, have liver disease, kidney disease, heart failure, heart valve problem or history of heart attack.
Uses of AMLODIPINE
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart related chest pain (angina)
- Prevention of heart attack
Benefits of AMLODIPINE
In Treatment of Hypertension (high blood pressure)
In Prevention of Angina (heart-related chest pain)
AMLODIPINE is used to treat heart-related conditions like angina (chest pain) and high blood pressure (hypertension). It is a calcium channel blocker that inhibits the entry of calcium (ions) across the heart that relaxes and widens the smooth muscles for better blood flow. Besides this, AMLODIPINE help prevent sudden spasm of the coronary artery (blood vessels of the heart) and reduces how hard the heart has to work to pump blood around the body, lowering its oxygen requirements. It improves an individual’s tolerance to physical activity and exercise and keeps their blood pressure normal during exercise. As a result, it overall protects your heart and keeps your heart healthy.
Directions for Use
Side Effects of AMLODIPINE
- Feeling exhausted
- Swollen ankles