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Medication To Treat Coronary Artery Disease and Angina Pectoris

Amlodipine is a long-acting calcium channel blockers. It is indicated for the treatment of hypertension or high blood pressure. It is also prescribed by doctors to treat conditions like:

  • Coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients without heart failure
  • Angina pectoris (chest pain) due to Coronary artery disease
  • Chronic stable angina due to activity and stress
  • Prinzmetal’s angina that occurs at rest

Lowering the blood pressure helpsreduces the risk of patients from cardiovascular-related events such as heartattack and stroke. It also lowers the patient’s risk from having kidneyproblems, loss of vision and other problems.

Amlodipine belongs to the classof drug known as calcium channel blocker. This drug works by blocking thecalcium from entering into the muscle along the walls of the blood vessels andinto the heart muscle. Blocking the calcium widens the blood vessels thusimproving the flow of blood and reducing the blood pressure. It relaxes theblood vessel so the heart won’t have to pump blood that hard.

How to use Amlodipine?

Amlodipine comes in a tablet of2.5mg, 5mg and 10mg. Take this medication once a day. You can take it with orwithout food. The typical dose for an adult is 5mg a day with a maximum dose of10mg a day. For adults who are fragile, small or have liver problems, they maystart with 2.5mg a day. For children who are 6 to 17 years of age, their doseis 2.5 mg to 5 mg once a day. This medication may only control chest pain andblood pressure but it will not cure the underlying condition. Take thismedication even if you feel well.

What are the side effects of amlodipine?

Some of the side effects ofamlodipine are:

  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Drowsiness
  • Stomach pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Swelling of feet, hands, ankle and lower leg

Serious side effects are:

  • Fainting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe chest pain

If you will experience sideeffects not mentioned above, seek medication attention right away.

ImportantInformation

  • Take amlodipine exactly as directed. Do not skip adose nor double up a dose for a missed one.
  • Do not take the medicine if you are allergic toits active ingredient and if you have very low blood pressure.
  • People with severe obstructive coronary arterydisease may experience worsening of chest pain and heart attack at the initialphase of the treatment.

Amlodipine can cause low blood pressure in people with heart valve problems known as aortic stenosis.

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