Brand Name: Norvasc
Generic Name: amlodipine
Drug Class: Calcium Channel Blockers; Antianginal Agents
What Is Amlodipine and How Does It Work?
Amlodipine a prescription medication that is used with or without other medications to treat high blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Amlodipine belongs to a class of drugs known as calcium channel blockers. It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily.
Amlodipine is also used to prevent certain types of chest pain (angina). It may help to increase your ability to exercise and decrease the frequency of angina attacks. It should not be used to treat attacks of chest pain when they occur. Use other medications (such as sublingual nitroglycerin) to relieve attacks of chest pain as directed by your doctor.
Amlodipine is available under the following different brand names: Norvasc.
Dosages of Amlodipine Should Be Given As Follows:
Adult and Pediatric Dosage Forms & Strengths
- 2.5 mg
- 5 mg
- 10 mg
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- 5 mg/day orally initially; may be increased by 2.5 mg/day every 7-14 days; not to exceed 10 mg/day orally; maintenance: 5-10 mg/day orally
- Children under 6 years: Safety and efficacy not established
- Children 6 years and older: 2.5-5 mg/day orally
- 2.5-5 mg/day orally initially; may be increased by 2.5 mg/day every 7-14 days; not to exceed 10 mg/day orally; maintenance: 5-10 mg/day orally
Coronary Artery Disease
Treatment of chronic stable angina and vasospastic angina (Prinzmetal or variant angina) and angiographically documented coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients without heart failure or ejection fraction (EF) less than 40%
- 5-10 mg/day orally initially; maintenance: 10 mg/day orally
- 2.5-10 mg/day orally initially; maintenance: 10 mg/day orally
- 5-10 mg/day orally; maintenance: 10 mg/day orally
- 2.5-10 mg/day orally; maintenance: 10 mg/day
Hepatic insufficiency: Consider starting with 2.5 mg/day orally
Severe hepatic impairment: Titrate slowly
- Start dosing at low end of dosing range; elderly patients have greater frequency of decreased renal, hepatic or cardiac function
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