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Amlodipine is a medicine that belongs to a group called calcium antagonists, used to treat high blood pressure and a chest pain known as angina.
What is Amlodipine?
Belonging to a group of drugs called calcium antagonists, Amlodipine is a type of medicine that is used to treat high blood pressure and chest pains like angina. It can be used as a standalone medicine or as a combination with other medications. It should be noted that it is not used to treat any type of chest pains when they occur. Instead, it is used to prevent these types of attacks and decrease the frequency in which they come. Additionally, Amlodipine has also been recommended to increase your ability to exercise. When you feel any type of chest pain, make sure to inform your doctor so that you can use other types of medications to relieve the pain.
Amlodipine is also known by its brand name, Norvasc. It comes in different strengths, mainly 2.5 mg, 5 mg and 10 mg. It comes as small, round, white pills that should be taken with a glass of water.
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is a type of health condition that affects your blood pressure. It basically refers to when the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the blood vessels is always too high, leading to damage in the arteries and later on, the heart. The higher your blood pressure, the harder your heart and vessels work. This also leads to less efficient work. The force and friction caused by high blood pressure is what damages the delicate tissues inside the arteries. It can lead to other problems such as atherosclerosis, stroke, heart attacks and arrhythmia.
There are four types of blood pressure measurements that determines if you have hypertension or not:
- Normal blood pressure – if the measurement is below 120/80 mm Hg.
- Elevated blood pressure – if the systolic pressure is 120 to 129 mm Hg and a diastolic pressure below 80 mm Hg.
- Stage 1 hypertension – if the systolic pressure is measured to be 130 to 139 mm Hg or if the diastolic pressure ranges from 80 to 89 mm Hg.
- Stage 2 hypertension – if the systolic pressure is measured to be 140 mm Hg or if the diastolic pressure is measured as 90 mm Hg or higher.
To treat hypertension (another word for high blood pressure), many people turn to diet, exercise and medication. It’s important to eat a heart-healthy diet with less salt and to engage in regular physical activity. If you’re overweight or obese, then it’s important to maintain a healthy weight. You should also limit the amount of alcohol that you take.
Other medications include thiazide diuretics, calcium channel blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
How does Amlodipine work?
The way Amlodipine works is that it relaxes the blood vessels, making it easier for the blood to pass through the blood vessels. This considerably lowers the blood pressure you experience, preventing other conditions and diseases such as kidney problems, heart attacks and strokes. As part of calcium antagonists, Amlodipine is used for the following: high blood pressure, chest pain related to angina and irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias.
What are the benefits of taking Amlodipine?
Amlodipine is taken alongside diet and exercise. It’s a way to prevent chest attacks such as angina. It’s an effective medication to get started on some lifestyle changes as it prevents more serious ailments. This includes heart attacks, blood clots and strokes.
What are the side-effects of taking Amlodipine?
All types of medication have certain side-effects. When it comes to Amlodipine, many people have reported some common side-effects. You should know what is considered as common and uncommon. This way, you’ll be able to inform your doctor if something feels wrong or off.
Below, you’ll find the most common side-effects:
- Abdominal pain
- Skin rash
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle weakness
Other serious side-effects include:
- Fast heartbeat
- Irregular heartbeat
- Pounding heartbeat
If you experience the more serious side-effects, then inform your doctor right away. It’s unlikely that you’ll experience them but you’ll never know. It is better to be safe than sorry.
An allergic reaction can also happen to people taking this medication. If you experience the following, stop taking this pill and immediately get help from a doctor or rush yourself to the hospital:
- Swelling of the face, tongue or throat
- Severe dizziness
- Difficulty in breathing
Amlodipine also has post marketing side-effects. The most common one is extrapyramidal disorder. This condition includes slow movement, muscle spasm, restlessness, jerky movements, tremors and muscle rigidity.
How do you use Amlodipine?
Amlodipine should be taken whole with a full glass of water. You can take it before and after a full meal. Inside the medication packet should be a patient information leaflet, which will give you the necessary information you need in making sure you’re taking this medication properly. To ensure that you can stay within schedule, you should take Amlodipine at the same time every single day. Make sure to avoid drinking grapefruit juice while under this medication because it can give you adverse side-effects.
What is the right dosage of Amlodipine?
Amlodipine has an active ingredient with the name amlodipine or amlodipine besilate, which comes in the following strengths: 5 mg or 10 mg per tablet.
For people just starting with this treatment, the normal dose is typically 5 mg once every single day. However, if your doctor feels like you need a stronger dose then this can be increased to 10 mg. If you have other health issues, such as kidney or liver problems, then the dosage might change accordingly.
Where can you purchase Amlodipine?
Amlodipine can be purchased at any local pharmacy or supermarket. However, it is a prescription-only medication, which means that you can only purchase it if you have consulted with a doctor and they think that this is the best course of medication for you. There are also online options, which include virtual pharmacies. If you can’t leave the house because of the pandemic, then you can order online. In ordering online, you can decide how many packages you can get and have them shipped to your address.
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