It works as a calcium channel blocker and therefore helps to relax blood vessels. It has this effect because the movement of calcium alongside the smooth blood vessels causes them to contract, causing blood to move with difficulty around the body. If calcium isn't transported as freely as it normally is through the body, the vessels are more relaxed thus aiding better movement of blood around the body. This takes strain off the heart and cardiovascular system.
Amlodipine is primarily prescribed to patients to lower their high blood pressure. It's safely taken by most patients with a low risk of side effects, but it will not be recommended to people who are allergic to the active ingredients in this treatment. It's also important to mention to your doctor if you have a heart valve problem, congestive heart failure or liver disease.
The effect of the active ingredient, Amlodipine besylate, on an unborn baby isn't known, which is why this medication is unlikely to be prescribed to you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Amlodipine is convenient to take as it only requires you to take one tablet a day, with or without food. It's available in two different doses at 121doc: 5mg and 10mg. The dose that is prescribed to you will depend on the severity of your condition or if you are at risk of any other serious health complications.
It's important to continue taking Amlodipine even if you start feeling better as hypertension requires long-term management and stopping treatment without your doctor can result in further complications.
Side effects are a risk with all forms of prescription treatment although they won't affect everybody using this treatment. To ensure that you remain safe while using this treatment a doctor will usually start you off on the lowest dose and then increase it if they feel it is required and there isn't a risk of further side effects.
The most common side effects include dizziness, light-headedness, swelling of the hands, feet or ankles, headaches or a persistent dry cough. These side effects aren't likely to last, but if they do or you start to experience the symptoms of an allergic reaction which may include difficulty breathing or swallowing, it's imperative that you seek medical help immediately. You should also seek medical attention if you notice that your urine is darker, you feel like fainting, you start to notice irregularities in your heartbeat, you feel persistently nauseous or you start vomiting or experience diarrhoea.
This medication is available to order online at121doc. Simply complete the online consultation that forms part of the ordering process as thoroughly as possible. This will be checked by our doctor to ensure that you can safely use this treatment. Please note that we only provide prescriptions for Amlodipine if it has already been prescribed to you by your doctor. If a prescription for this treatment is approved it will be passed to our pharmacy from where it will be dispatched for delivery as soon as possible. All orders include a free consultation and delivery. If for some reason you cannot be prescribed Amlodipine then please look our other high blood pressure medications which can be located on our high blood pressure treatment page.