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|Foreign Brand Names|
Calcium Channel Blocker|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to amlodipine or any other part of the
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure, chest pain, or
pressure from the heart. This is called
|How does it work?|
- Amlodipine relaxes blood vessels. This results in a lowering of blood
- In angina, amlodipine increases blood flow to the heart. This may
decrease chest pain.
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an
- A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow tablets.
Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube
before and after medicine administration. Shake well first.
- Take at a similar time every day.
- Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
- There should be 24 hours between doses.
- Do not change dose or stop taking medicine without talking with
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Wear disease medical alert identification for heart disease.
- Limit alcohol intake (includes wine, beer, and liquor). Can increase
- Do not use over-the-counter products that increase blood pressure.
These include cough or cold remedies, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like
products, and certain herbs or supplements. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Feeling lightheaded. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities
that require you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects you.
- Dizziness is common. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or
lying position. Be careful climbing stairs.
- Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.
- Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing
diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.
- Swelling of legs.
|What should I monitor?|
- Check blood pressure regularly.
- Follow diet plan (low salt) and exercise program as recommended by
healthcare provider if medicine is being used for high blood pressure.
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Severe headache.
- Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
- Chest pains, fast heartbeats, shortness of breath, or decreased
ability to walk.
- Any rash.
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight, light-resistant container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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