General English name: Amlodipine
Brand: Istin, Amlostin, Exforge, Sevikar
Application: Hypertension – Angina
Medication Information: Amlodipine is prescribed to treat high blood pressure. It is also prescribed to control chest pain. Amlodipine may be prescribed to treat any of these conditions. Amlodipine relaxes and dilates blood vessels. This mechanism lowers blood pressure, which in turn reduces heart rate and pressure on the heart. This process reduces chest pain. Amlodipine does this by reducing the entry of calcium into the smooth muscle cells of the arterial wall. Calcium is essential for muscle contraction, so reducing the amount of this element will relax the muscles.
Amlodipine is also available as combination pills to lower blood pressure. Combination drugs Exforge (amlodipine with valsartan) and Sevikar (amlodipine with alzartan) reduce the frequency of use of the drug.
Contraindications to the use of Amlodipine
Pay attention to the expiration date of the medicine and do not take it if the medicine in your hand has expired.
Never give amlodipine to anyone else, even if you have the same symptoms.
Do not take more than the dose prescribed by your doctor.
Check for drug interactions and be sure to tell your doctor what other medications you are taking.
Drug Interaction of Amlodipine
Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter medicines and herbal products) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.
Some medicines contain ingredients that can cause high blood pressure. Tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the medicines you are taking (especially cold and cough medicines, supplements or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen / naproxen) to use your medicines safely.
Tips to consider before taking Amlodipine
Some medications can not be prescribed under certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed. Therefore, it is best for your doctor to be aware of the following before taking amlodipine:
- If you decide to have a baby, if you are pregnant, or if you are breast-feeding.
- If you have liver problems.
- If you are currently taking certain medications. These include all available medicines, whether prescribed or used by your doctor, such as herbal medicines and supplements.
- If you have ever been allergic to any medication.
Possible side effects of Amlodipine
All drugs, in addition to their positive effects, can cause unwanted side effects in the body. However, these complications do not occur in all people. Over time, your body will adjust to the new medicine and these symptoms will go away, but if the following symptoms persist or become painful, consult your doctor.
Side effects of amlodipine, which affects less than one in ten patients
Headache, hot flashes and fever: These symptoms appear in the first few days of taking the medicine and then go away. But if it persists, consult your doctor.
Abdominal pain, nausea: Eat simple foods and avoid high-fat and spicy foods.
Swollen ankles: Lift your legs while lying down. To be above body level.
Confusion and fatigue: In this situation, avoid driving and working with tools.
Heart palpitations: Consult your doctor if this is bothersome.
Talk to your doctor if you have any other symptoms that you feel may be due to amlodipine.
How to store amlodipine
Keep the medicine in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.