Amlodipine is one of a group of medicines called calcium antagonists.
Your medicine is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) or a certain type of chest pain called angina, a rare form of which is Prinzmetal’s or variant angina.
In patients with high blood pressure your medicine works by relaxing blood vessels, so that blood passes through them more easily. In patients with angina Amlodipine works by
improving blood supply to the heart muscle which then receives more oxygen and as a result chest pain is prevented. Your medicine does not provide immediate relief of chest
pain from angina
||•if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to Amlodipine, or any of the other ingredients of your medicine, or to any other calcium antagonists. This may be itching, reddening of the skin or difficulty in breathing;
•if you have narrowing of the aortic heart valve (aortic stenosis), unstable angina or cardiogenic shock
||Do not take Amlodipine:
•if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to Amlodipine, or any of the other ingredients of your medicine , or to any other calcium antagonists. This may be itching, reddening of the skin or difficulty in breathing;
•if you have narrowing of the aortic heart valve (aortic stenosis), unstable angina or cardiogenic shock;
•if you are pregnant or breast feeding
|Drug Special Care
||You should inform your Doctor if you have or have had any of the following conditions:
•Recent heart attack (within the last month).
•Severe increase in blood pressure (Hypertensive crisis).
|Drug Drug Interactions
||Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription
|Drug Pregnancy Interaction
||If you think you might be pregnant, or are planning to get pregnant, tell your doctor before you take Amlodipine
Women of child bearing potential should ensure that they use effective contraception
|Drug Breast feeding Interaction
||You should not take Amlodipine if you are breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine
|Drug Machinery Interaction
||Amlodipine is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or use machines.
|Drug More Information
||Your medicine can be used before or after food. Grapefruit juice and grapefruit should not be consumed by people who are taking Amlodipine. This is because grapefruit and grapefruit juice can lead to an increase in the blood levels of the active ingredient amlodipine, which can cause an unpredictable increase in the blood pressure lowering effect of Amlodipine.
Safety and effectiveness have been studied in 6-17 year old boys and in girls. Amlodipine has not been
studied in children under the age of 6 years. For more information, talk to your doctor.
|How to take the
||The usual dose of Amlodipine is one tablet daily.
||The usual dose of Amlodipine is one tablet daily.
|Excess Drug Consumption
||Taking too may tablets at once may make you unwell. If you take too may Amlodipine tablets contact your doctor at once or go to the nearest hospital casualty department
|Forgot Drug Consumption
||Do not worry. If you forget to take a tablet, leave out that dose completely. Take your next dose at the right time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose
|Stop Drug Consumption
||Your doctor will advise you how long to take your medicine. Your condition may return if you stop using your medicine before you are advised.
If you have any further questions on how to take this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist
|Common Drug Side Effects
||•Headache, dizziness, sleepiness.
•Palpitations (awareness of your heart beat), flushing.
•Abdominal pain, feeling sick (nausea).
•Ankle swelling (oedema), tiredness.
Other side-effects that have been reported include the following list. If any of these get serious, or
if you notice any side-effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist
|Rare Drug Side Effects
||•Unusual bruising and bleeding (red blood cell damage).
•Severe skin reactions.
•Excess sugar in blood (diabetes).
•Increased sensitivity of the skin, pins and needles, loss of pain sensation.
•Abdominal bloating (gastritis).
•Abnormal liver function, inflammation of the liver, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), liver enzyme increases.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this , please tell your doctor or pharmacist
|Very Rare Drug Side Effects
||•Mood changes, sleeplessness.
•Trembling, taste abnormalities, fainting, weakness.
•Visual disturbances, ringing in the ears.
•Low blood pressure.
•Shortness of breath, sneezing/running nose.
•Altered bowel habit, indigestion, dry mouth, vomiting (being sick).
•Hair loss, increased sweating, itchy skin, red patches on skin.
•Increased need to urinate especially at night, inability to obtain an erection.
•Chest pain, weakness, pain, feeling unwell.
•Joint or muscle pain, muscle cramps, back pain.
•Weight increase or decrease.
•Enlargening of male breasts
|Drug Side Effects Symptoms
||Like all medicines, Amlodipine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms after taking this medicine.
Although they are very rare, the symptoms can be severe.
•Sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, swelling of eyelids, face or lips, rash or itching (especially affecting the whole body).
The following Common side-effects have been reported. If any of these cause you problems or if they last for more than one week, you should contact your doctor
|How to Store the
|How to Store the Medicine
||Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 25oC.
Do not use your medicine after the expiry date which is stamped on the pack. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater of household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment