NZ Formulary

Amlodipine

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What does it do?

Amlodipine is used to treat high blood pressure and angina by relaxing blood vessels.

How should you take it?

Take amlodipine regularly as directed with a glass of water.

What if you forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with amlodipine including:

  • anti-inflammatories, such as diclofenac (e.g. Voltaren®), ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen®), or aspirin (e.g. Disprin®, in doses used for pain relief). These can also be found in some cold and flu medicines (e.g. Nurofen Cold and Flu®).

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Short of breath

Change in heartbeat

Enlarged, tender or bleeding gums

Tell your doctor

Flushing

Headache, dizziness, tiredness or weakness

Muscle pain or cramps

Swollen feet or legs

Stomach upset

Changes in sexual function

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have liver problems, or other heart problems.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Do not stop taking amlodipine without talking to your doctor first.