Amlopres 10 mg (Amlodipine)
Amlopres 10 mg tablet belongs to a class of drugs called calcium channel blocker. It reduces the amount of calcium that enters the smooth muscles of the blood vessels and heart. As muscle cells require calcium to contract, reducing the flow of calcium causes the muscle cells to relax and blood vessels to dilate, reducing blood pressure, force and rate of the heartbeat. It improves blood and oxygen supply to the heart muscles. Amlopres 10 mg tablet is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and severe pain in chest.
What is amlodipine?
Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker that dilates (widens) blood vessels and improves blood flow. it is used to treat chest pain (angina) and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease. It is also used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering blood pressure may lower your risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Amlodipine is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.
- Before taking amlodipine, tell your doctor if you have congestive heart failure or liver disease.
- Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of amlodipine.
- If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using amlodipine even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
- Amlodipine is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, and other medications. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.
- Tell your doctor about all other heart or blood pressure medications you are taking.
- Your chest pain may become worse when you first start taking amlodipine or when your dose is increased. Call your doctor if your chest pain is severe or ongoing.
Before taking this medicine
You should not take amlodipine if you are allergic to it.
To make sure amlodipine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
liver disease; or
a heart valve problem called aortic stenosis.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Amlodipine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Amlodipine is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.
How should I take amlodipine?
Take amlodipine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
You may take amlodipine with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often.
Your chest pain may become worse when you first start taking amlodipine or when your dose is increased. Call your doctor if your chest pain is severe or ongoing.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using amlodipine even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life.
Your hypertension or heart condition may be treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or stop taking any of your medications without your doctor?s advice. This is especially important if you also take nitroglycerin.
Amlodipine is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, and other medications. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If you are more than 12 hours late, skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Overdose symptoms may include rapid heartbeats, redness or warmth in your arms or legs, or fainting.
Common side effects
Palpitations, Abdominal pain, Chest pain, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Fainting, Fatigue, Flushing, Headache, Lightheadedness, Limb swelling, Stomach upset
Frequently asked questions for Amlopres
Q: Is amlodipine safe?
A: Amlodipine is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q: Is amlodipine a diuretic/ blood thinner/ beta-blocker/statin/ ACE inhibitor or a nitrate?
A: Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker, not a diuretic, blood thinner, beta-blocker, statin, ACE inhibitor or a nitrate.
Q: Does amlodipine cause gout or coughing?
A: Amlodipine does not cause gout, in fact it can be taken by gout patients for the appropriate indication. Coughing is a very rare side effect of amlodipine.
Q: What is Eslo 10 or Amlopres-5 used for?
A: Eslo 10 or Amlopres-5 are some of the trade names of amlodipine and used for the same indications as amlodipine.
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