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Amlodipine (Generic Name)Other Names: Norvasc®

UPMC Content 2

Dosage form

Oral tablets: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg

About this drug

Amlodipine (am-LOW-di-peen) is used to treat high blood pressure, chest pain (angina), or heart failure. It is known as a calcium channel blocker.


Side effects

Common side effects are:

  • Swelling of ankles, feet, or lower legs
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness. Be careful while taking this drug. Driving and using machines can be dangerous if you are not alert.


Rare side effects include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Constipation

If any of these side effects becomes severe or bothers you, call your doctor. Do not take over-the-counter medicine for your symptoms.

Drug interactions

Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any prescription or over-the-counter medicines or herbal products that you are taking. He or she can check for drug interactions.


If you miss a dose

If you miss a medicine dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at its scheduled time, and continue your usual dosing schedule. Do not “double up” on doses to catch up.


How to take this medicine

Take this medicine with fluids at the same time every day, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. You may take it with or without food. Do not stop taking this drug unless your doctor tells you to.

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Revised July 2011.