Amlodipine was the fifth most frequently prescribed medicine in 2013.  Amlodipine is known by the brand name Norvasc and is a calcium channel blocker used primarily in people to treat hypertension or angina (chest pain).

What is amlodipine for?  
Amlodipine is used in people with high blood pressure and with chronic stable angina (chest pain).

How does amlodipine work? 
Amlodipine inhibits calcium ions from entering smooth muscle which results in peripheral arterial vasodilation and a reduction in peripheral vascular resistance and blood pressure.

Side effects:  
Amlodipine can cause peripheral or pulmonary edema (swelling).  It also may cause heart palpitations, flushing, nausea, abdominal pain, itching or dyspnea (difficulty breathing).

What if I miss a dose? 


  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.

  • If it has been 12 hours or more since the missed dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.

  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

How do I store amlodipine:


  • Store at room temperature.

  • Protect from light.

  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.

  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.

Call the doctor if:


  • You have signs of an allergic reaction

  • Bad dizziness or passing out

  • Chest pain or pressure

  • A heartbeat that doesn't feel normal

  • Shortness of breath

  • Stiff muscles, shakiness or muscle movements that are not normal

EducationJoanna Simmon