Amlodipine goes by the brand name called Norvasc. It is used for the treatment of coronary artery disease and high blood pressure. In most cases, calcium channel blockers are the ones recommended for treating heart failure, but this medication can also be used in case other medications do not work sufficiently for chest pain caused by heart or high blood pressure. The effect of this medication stays for about a day.
There can be quite many side effects results from the use of Amlodipine because it brings about strong changes in the body. People who have liver diseases or are elderly should be careful when being prescribed this medication. It is known to increase the area inside the arteries by relaxing them.
Amlodipine was patented in the year 1986 after which the sale began around the 1990s. It is present among the World Health Organisation’s List of Essential Medicines which is counted to be effective and safe for use.
Uses of Amlodipine
Amlodipine can be prescribed to the patient along with other medications or alone for treating high blood pressure. People need to lower their blood pressure to avoid the chances of heart attacks, strokes, and kidney diseases. The medication is under the calcium channel blockers class of drugs. The blood vessels relax as a result it ultimately allows more flow of blood.
Specific types of chest pains can also be treated using this medication. It has been observed that people who take this drug gain greater stamina when exercising. It also reduces the chance of having frequent angina attacks. It shouldn’t be used at the time when the chest pain occurs. Other drugs that might be prescribed will vary depending on your case history.
Side Effects of Amlodipine
Some of the side effects that might result due to the use of Amlodipine are mentioned below. In case, they turn severe, contacting a doctor is necessary.
- Swelling in the feet and ankles
- Chest tightening
- Feeling of warmth
- Pounding, irregular, racing, and fast pulse or heartbeat
- Laboured or difficult breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Redness on the neck, upper chest, arms, or face
- Bleeding gums
- Tarry and black stools
- Clammy and cold skin
- Dark yellow urine
- Dilated neck veins
- Extra heartbeats
- Extreme fatigue
- Sore throat
- Difficult urination
- Muscle or joint pain
- Irregular or slow heartbeat
- Swelling of the fingers, lower legs, face, and feet
- Blisters, welting, and sores
Contraindications of Amlodipine
The conditions that do not allow the use of Amlodipine in patients are:
- Allergy to calcium channel blockers or agents like Dihydropyridines
- Low blood pressure that is severe in nature
- Severe liver disease
- Narrowing down of the Aortic Heart Valve of a severe nature
Pregnancy and Amlodipine
The pregnancy category C was assigned to this drug by the FDA in US and Australia. This indicates that there are chances of foetal harm.
Mode of Ingestion
Amlodipine is consumed through the mouth in the form of tablets.
Norvasc improves the blood flow and reduce chances of angina
We do not eat out daily diet in balance form. Many of our diets carries high amount of sugar and cholesterol. Both of these ingredients are not suitable for our health in excess amount. Cholesterol change into fats and contaminate into out body. Some of its part affects the arteries and heart by blocking and narrowing the way for blood. This drug is use to minimize the blocking space and improve the flow of the blood trough the arteries. This medicine is also known as the amlodipine and belongs to the category of medicine known as calcium channel blocker. It is also very useful in chest pain and suitable for use for the adults and children older than 6 years. Many of the other uses of this medicine are not listed in the medical guide but useable for other purposes with the doctor advice. Before the start of the medicine patient should tell the doctor if he or she have congestive heart failure or liver disease. Blood pressure decreases due to the use of alcohol and increase side effects of the Norvasc. Many of the patients use this medicine for the treatment of high blood pressure. In such situation, never stop t he medicine even after getting well but stop the drug in a gradual way with the doctor advise because hypertension have no any special symptoms and patient suffer from great problem. Additionally, weight control, exercise, diet plan and other medication are also part of treatment along with Norvasc. Patient should tell the doctor if he or she is using any other medicine for the treatment of heart and high blood pressure. When patient start the medicine or increase the dosage quantity then their chest pain may increased. Patient should immediately contact to the doctor if this pain become severe or ongoing. Patient should make it sure that this medicine is suitable for his use. In this regard patient should not use this medicine if he or she feels any kind of allergic problem because of medicine′s ingredients. Discuss with your doctor if you already have congestive heart failure, liver problem or heart valve problem. Use of the beta blocker medicine should not stop suddenly as it may be dangerous for the patient health. Discuss with your doctor about stopping of such medicine and use its less quantity before stopping of the medicine. FDA (Food and drug administration) put this medicine in the category C as it represent that it is not confirm whether this medicine is safe during pregnancy or not. It is better to concern with your doctor and asks him about its use during pregnancy period. Similarly it is not confirmed that either this medicine can pass into breast milk of patient or not. Doctor can provide a better advice about its use because through breast milk it can enter into nursing baby and can disturb his or her health. Store the medicine in dry and cool place away from the approach of the children and contact to the doctor or poison helpline In case of any emergency.
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