Health Library

  • amlodipine
 

amlodipine

Pronunciation: am LOE di peen

Brand: Norvasc

Amlodipine 10 mg-AMN

round, white, imprinted with IP 8

Image of Amlodipine 10 mg-AMN
slide 1 of 24
    

Amlodipine 10 mg-APO

round, white, imprinted with APO, AML 10

Image of Amlodipine 10 mg-APO
slide 2 of 24
    

Amlodipine 10 mg-COB

octagonal, white, imprinted with LOGO, AM 10

Image of Amlodipine 10 mg-COB
slide 3 of 24
    

Amlodipine 10 mg-GRE

round, white, imprinted with G 1540, 10

Image of Amlodipine 10 mg-GRE
slide 4 of 24
    

Amlodipine 10 mg-MYL

round, blue, imprinted with A10, M

Image of Amlodipine 10 mg-MYL
slide 5 of 24
    

Amlodipine 10 mg-ROX

round, white, imprinted with 54 233

Image of Amlodipine 10 mg-ROX
slide 6 of 24
    

Amlodipine 10 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with 93, 7168

Image of Amlodipine 10 mg-TEV
slide 7 of 24
    

Amlodipine 2.5 mg-AMN

round, white, imprinted with IP 6

Image of Amlodipine 2.5 mg-AMN
slide 8 of 24
    

Amlodipine 2.5 mg-APO

round, white, imprinted with APO, AML 2.5

Image of Amlodipine 2.5 mg-APO
slide 9 of 24
    

Amlodipine 2.5 mg-COB

diamond, white, imprinted with LOGO, AM 2

Image of Amlodipine 2.5 mg-COB
slide 10 of 24
    

Amlodipine 2.5 mg-GRE

diamond, white, imprinted with G 1520, 2.5

Image of Amlodipine 2.5 mg-GRE
slide 11 of 24
    

Amlodipine 2.5 mg-MYL

round, blue, imprinted with M, A8

Image of Amlodipine 2.5 mg-MYL
slide 12 of 24
    

Amlodipine 2.5 mg-ROX

round, white, imprinted with 54 513

Image of Amlodipine 2.5 mg-ROX
slide 13 of 24
    

Amlodipine 2.5 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with 93, 83

Image of Amlodipine 2.5 mg-TEV
slide 14 of 24
    

Amlodipine 5 mg-AMN

round, white, imprinted with IP 7

Image of Amlodipine 5 mg-AMN
slide 15 of 24
    

Amlodipine 5 mg-APO

round, white, imprinted with APO, AML 5

Image of Amlodipine 5 mg-APO
slide 16 of 24
    

Amlodipine 5 mg-COB

octagonal, white, imprinted with AM 5, LOGO

Image of Amlodipine 5 mg-COB
slide 17 of 24
    

Amlodipine 5 mg-GRE

octagonal, white, imprinted with G1530, 5

Image of Amlodipine 5 mg-GRE
slide 18 of 24
    

Amlodipine 5 mg-MYL

round, blue, imprinted with M, A9

Image of Amlodipine 5 mg-MYL
slide 19 of 24
    

Amlodipine 5 mg-ROX

round, white, imprinted with 54 771

Image of Amlodipine 5 mg-ROX
slide 20 of 24
    

Amlodipine 5 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with 93, 7167

Image of Amlodipine 5 mg-TEV
slide 21 of 24
    

Norvasc 10 mg

round, white, imprinted with NORVASC 10

Image of Norvasc 10 mg
slide 22 of 24
    

Norvasc 2.5 mg

diamond, white, imprinted with NORVASC, 2.5

Image of Norvasc 2.5 mg
slide 23 of 24
    

Norvasc 5 mg

octagonal, white, imprinted with NORVASC 5

Image of Norvasc 5 mg
slide 24 of 24
    

What is the most important information I should know about amlodipine?

Before taking amlodipine, tell your doctor if you have congestive heart failure or liver disease.

Multum noalcohol

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 this medication 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.

Multum emt

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.

What is amlodipine?

Amlodipine is in a group of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Amlodipine relaxes (widens) blood vessels and improves blood flow.

Amlodipine is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) or chest pain (angina) and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease. This medication is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.

Amlodipine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking amlodipine?

Multum donot

You should not take this medication if you are allergic to amlodipine.

To make sure you can safely take amlodipine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • a heart valve problem called aortic stenosis;
  • congestive heart failure; or
  • liver disease.
Multum finish

If you are also taking a beta-blocker drug (such as Betapace, Blocadren, Corgard, Coreg, Inderal, InnoPran, Lopressor, Normodyne, Tenoretic, Tenormin, Toprol, Trandate, Zebeta, and others) do not suddenly stop using the beta-blocker without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely. Stopping a beta-blocker too quickly can cause serious heart problems that will not be prevented by amlodipine.

Multum nopreg

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether amlodipine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Multum nobrfeed

It is not known whether amlodipine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking amlodipine.

How should I take amlodipine?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Amlodipine is usually taken once daily. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.

Multum emt

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.

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.

If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication 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.

Multum rt

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. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Multum emt

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include rapid heartbeats, severe dizziness, and fainting.

What should I avoid while taking amlodipine?

Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.

Multum noalcohol

Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of amlodipine.

What are the possible side effects of amlodipine?

Multum emt

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Multum donot

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; or
  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache;
  • dizziness, drowsiness;
  • tired feeling;
  • stomach pain; or
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect amlodipine?

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin); or
  • any other heart or blood pressure medications.

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with amlodipine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about amlodipine


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Multum's drug information does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Multum's drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. Multum does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of information Multum provides. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Copyright 1996-2013 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 12.01. Revision date: 11/29/2011.

Your use of the content provided in this service indicates that you have read, understood and agree to the End-User License Agreement, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

First Nurse

First Nurse

Call First Nurse 24 Hours a Day for free health care advice, resources and referrals!

Ames: 515-239-6877
In Iowa: 800-524-6877 

Search health information online in our Mulimedia Health Library.

High Quality Care

Guardian of Excellence

Mary Greeley consistently delivers high quality patient care.

  • 2013 Guardian of Excellence Award for Clinical Quality
  • Grade 'A' Patient Safety from the Leapfrog Group
  • 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures ranking from The Joint Commission
  • Highest percentage bonus of any Iowa hospital in Medicare's quality incentive program

Mary Greeley on Facebook

Like us on Facebook

Patient Privacy | Net Learning for Employees | MGMC PACS for Physicians
Emergency Preparedness

1111 Duff Avenue Ames, IA 50010 - 515-239-2011 - yourhealth.mgmc@mgmc.com

©2014 Mary Greeley Medical Center - All rights reserved.