This leaflet answers some common questions about amlodipine. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
The information in this leaflet was last updated on the date listed on the last page. More recent information on this medicine may be available.
What this medicine is used for :The name of your medicine is Blooms the Chemist Amlodipine. It contains the active ingredient amlodipine (as amlodipine besylate).
It is used to :
Lower high blood pressure (hypertension).
There are usually no symptoms of hypertension. The only way of knowing that you have hypertension is to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. If high blood pressure is not treated it can lead to serious health problems.
Angina is a pain or uncomfortable feeling in the chest, often spreading to the arms or neck, and sometimes to the shoulders and back. The pain of angina is due to a shortage of oxygen to the heart.
How it works :
Amlodipine belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers or calcium ion antagonists. They work by widening your blood vessels, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around the body and help increase the supply of blood and oxygen to your heart.
Calcium channel blockers do not change the amount of calcium in your blood or bones.
Use in children :
Do not give amlodipine to a child.
Amlodipine is not recommended for use in children.
Before you take this medicine When you must not take it, Do not take this medicine if :
You are sensitive to, or have had an allergic reaction to, amlodipine, other calcium channel blockers, or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: cough, shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin; fainting; or hay fever-like symptoms.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction, do not take any more of the medicine and contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at the nearest hospital.
The expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
The packaging is torn, shows signs of tampering or it does not look quite right.
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if :
You have allergies to :
Any other medicines
Any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following :
Heart disease, including heart failure.
You are currently pregnant or you plan to become pregnant. Do not take this medicine whilst pregnant until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
You are currently breastfeeding or you plan to breastfeed. Do not take this medicine whilst breastfeeding until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
You are planning to have surgery or an anaesthetic.
You are currently receiving or are planning to receive dental treatment.
You are taking or are planning to take any other medicines, This includes vitamins and supplements that are available from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interact with amlodipine. These include :
Other medicines used to treat angina, such as diltiazem
Some antibiotics, such as erythromycin, clarithromycin or rifampicin
Some antifungals, such as ketoconazole or itraconazole
Anti-proteases, medicines used to treat HIV infection, such as ritonavir
Simvastatin, a medicine used to lower cholesterol
Cyclosporin or tacrolimus, medicines used to suppress the immune system
St John's Wort.
How to take it Swallow the tablet with a full glass of water, When to take it :
Take this medicine at the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect and will also help you remember when to take it.
It does not matter if you take this medicine with or without food.