The most common amlodipine side effects are minor and need only be discussed with a doctor if they persist or become more intense. They include an upset or painful stomach and headache. Some patients also feel unusually drowsy or tired. Swelling of the limbs and extremities and light-headedness or dizziness are also commonly reported amlodipine side effects. There have also been reports of flushing.
More severe amlodipine side effects are rare. If any of these symptoms develop as a result of taking the drug, they should be reported to a doctor as soon as possible. They include severe pain in the chest, fainting, and abnormalities of the heart such as an irregular or fast beat and uncharacteristic pounding.
There are a few more extremely rare side effects of taking amlodipine. They include jaundice, hepatitis, and the development of erratic behavior. Even more rare potential side effects include tremor, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and hyperglycemia. There is a slightly higher chance of patients developing impotence, insomnia, and depression as a result of taking the drug.
Some conditions may increase the risk of amlodipine side effects. These may make taking the drug too risky, or at least require an adjusted dosage or closer doctor observation during treatment. Liver disease, congestive heart failure, and aortic stenosis can all be problematic. Women who are pregnant or nursing are typically advised not to take the drug.
Amlodipine is distributed as a tablet. Doctors often reduce the risk of amlodipine side effects by starting with a low dose and increasing it according to the needs of the patient. In order to improve the effectiveness of the drug, many doctors will prescribe it along with a special diet and exercise regimen. Patients taking amlodipine are typically advised to avoid alcohol, as it can dangerously lower blood pressure when combined with the drug.
This medication is used most frequently to treat chest pain from angina and high blood pressure. It may be used with other medications or alone. Patients who are using amlodipine to treat blood pressure are often advised to keep taking the medication for life.
Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker drug. By blocking the production of calcium in the calcium channels, it relaxes the muscles in the blood vessels. This helps to open a wider pathway for blood, which can help to reduce or eliminate chest pain. It can also relieve pressure on the heart by lowering blood pressure.