Amlodipine: Information, uses, Dosage, Side Effects

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Amlodipine is the drug which belongs to the class of calcium channel blockers.it can relaxes the blood vessels and increases blood flow.  It is mainly used to treat high B.P and angina. It can be used by adults as well as children’s too.

Information about amlodipine:

It is not recommended when the patient suffering from congestive heart failure. Alcohol consumption can increase the side effects. After taking this drug if your chest pain is increased then seek immediate doctor’s help. This drug includes diet control, exercise, and weight control very closely. It can be used as the exactly how the doctor has prescribed, directions written on the prescription label should be followed by the patient. It is not to be used in small or large doses and also no longer then prescribed. Read the all instructions and patient related information firstly.

Dosage pattern of amlodipine:

For adults

Hypertension:

Initial dose: 5mg can be taken orally once a day

Maintenance dose: 5-10mg can be taken orally once a day

Angina pectoris:

Most of the patients require 5-10mg can be taken for adequate effect.

Geriatric dose:

Hypertension:

Initial dose: 2.5mg can be taken orally once a day

Maintenance dose: 2.5-10mg can be taken orally once a day.

Angina pectoris:

Chronic stable angina: 5-10mg can be taken orally once in a day

Children’s dose:

6-17yrs: this is to be 2.5-5mg can be taken orally once in a day.

 Amlodipine overdose:

Seek medical emergency for amlodipine overdose:

Overdose symptoms include:

  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heartbeat

Amlodipine side effects:

Severity: major

More common

  • Swelling of feet
  • Dizziness

Less common:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Tightness in chest
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breathe

Rare:

  • Chills
  • Cold sweat
  • Confusion
  • Dark yellow urine
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Fainting fever
  • Itching
  • Muscle pain

Severity: minor

Less common

  • Heartburn
  • Loss of strength
  • Sleepiness
  • Discomfort in stomach
  • Indigestion

Rare:

  • Bloody nose
  • Bleeding gums
  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Change in sense of smell
  • Change in vision
  • depression
  • double vision
  • hyperventilation
  • muscle weakness

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