Drug: amlodipine besylate

Side effects of amlodipine are generally mild and reversible. The two most common side effects are:
  • headache and
  • edema (swelling) of the lower extremities.
Less common side effects include:
  • dizziness,
  • flushing,
  • fatigue,
  • nausea, and
  • palpitations.
In patients with severe coronary artery disease, amlodipine can increase the frequency and severity of angina or actually cause a heart attack on rare occasions. This phenomenon usually occurs when first starting amlodipine, or at the time of an increase in dosage. Excessive lowering of blood pressure during initiation of amlodipine treatment can occur, especially in patients already taking other medications that lower blood pressure. In rare instances, congestive heart failure has been associated with amlodipine, usually in patients already taking a beta blocker.

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Yes

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Tablets: 2.5, 5, and 10 mg

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Amlodipine should be stored at room temperature in a tight, light resistant container.

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The recommended starting dose of amlodipine for children and adults is 2.5 to 5 mg once daily. The maximum dose for adults is 10 mg once daily and the maximum dose for children is 5 mg once daily. Amlodipine can be taken with or without food. Amlodipine is inactivated mainly by the liver, and dosages may need to be lowered in patients with liver dysfunction.

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Generally, amlodipine is avoided in pregnancy, and by nursing mothers and children although there are no adequate studies of amlodipine use during pregnancy.

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It is not known whether amlodipine is excreted in breast milk. Generally, amlodipine is avoided in pregnancy, and by nursing mothers and children. Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmDReference: FDA Prescribing Information

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