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Amlodipine

Last updated on 18/03/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Amlodipine

CHINESE NAME: 氨氯地平

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Norvasc 健壓樂

DRUG CLASS: Calcium channel blocker; Antianginal; Antihypertensive

USED FOR: Angina, hypertension

OTHER DRUGS IN THE SAME CLASS: Diltiazem, Lacidipine, Lercanidipine, Felodipine, Nifedipine, Verapamil

What is Amlodipine for?

Amlodipine belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. It is used to prevent angina and treat high blood pressure.

How to use it?

Amlodipine can be taken orally. The adult dosage is 5 mg once daily initially and the maximum dosage is 10 mg daily.

Side effects of Amlodipine

Common effects include dizziness, flushing, headache, nausea and vomiting, palpitations, lower leg swelling, rash, and fast heart rate.

Who should not take Amlodipine?

Anyone who is sensitive to Amlodipine.

Pharmacist Tips:

One of the most common side effects of Amlodipine is lower limb swelling, which usually occurs within 2-3 weeks after starting Amlodipine. Because of how calcium channel blockers dilate blood vessels, fluid can accumulate in the lower limbs. If you experience swelling, see your doctor so they can make changes to your blood pressure medicine.

Common dosing schedule:
Amlodipine can be taken with or without food. Evening or bedtime dosing may be the best time to take most high blood pressure medicines.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Amlodipine may interact with:
Simvastatin
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Amlodipine in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Amlodipine is a prescription-only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk/

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Amlodipine in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.