What is Amlodipine?
Amlodipine tablets are used to lower high blood pressure. In people with high blood pressure, the medication works to relax the blood vessels and allow the blood to pass through more easily.
It also improves the blood supply to the muscle of the heart, which means it is useful for treating the people who suffer with angina.
How does Amlodipine work?
Amlodipine is in the group of medicines called calcium antagonists. The active ingredient in Amlodipine tablets is amlodipine mesilate monohydrate.
How do you take Amlodipine?
Always use Amlodipine as directed by your doctor or pharmacist, and keep taking the tablets until your doctor tells you otherwise.
Adults should take one tablet daily at the same time each day, as prescribed by your GP, with or without food. You should swallow your tablet with water.
You should not consume grapefruit and grapefruit juice when you are being treated with this medication, as it can make the effects of Amlodipine unpredictable.
How effective is Amlodipine?
Amlodipine is a clinically proven treatment for high blood pressure.
You can help your medication work more effectively by making some lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet low in salt and high in fruit and vegetables. You should also try to maintain a healthy weight, avoid smoking, and avoid drinking too much alcohol and caffeine.
What are the main side effects of Amlodipine?
Like all medicines, Amlodipine can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The most common side effects of Amlodipine are:
- Headaches, dizziness and sleepiness
- Abdominal pain and nausea
For a full list of Amlodipine side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Amlodipine 5 mg used for?
Amlodipine is a medication used to lower high blood pressure.