Amlodipine & It’s usage | Know your medicines | English | Part 1 | Healthy Wrinkles

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure in adults and children 6 years and older. It is also used to treat certain types of angina (chest pain) and coronary artery disease (narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart). Amlodipine is in a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels so the heart does not have to pump as hard. It controls chest pain by increasing the supply of blood to the heart. If taken regularly, amlodipine controls chest pain, but it does not stop chest pain once it starts. Your doctor may prescribe a different medication to take when you have chest pain.

Thank you hello and welcome as you are aware high blood pressure or hypertension is one of the most common ailments which is seen in senior population or old age people and therefore we are going to learn about a very important molecule a drug molecule which is used in the management of hypertension that is amlodipine so what is amlodipine how is it used

Why it is used etcetera etcetera so amlodipine belongs to a pharmacological category a group of medicines called calcium channel antagonists or calcium channel blockers now how is it used where is it used amlodipine is used to treat three major conditions one is high blood pressure that is hypertension second is chest pain which occurs because of narrowing of

The blood vessels the arterial blood vessels to the heart muscles this is called as angina picture or a little rarer variety of chest pain which is caused by the cramping or narrowing of the blood vessels of the heart uh arteries of course which is this condition is called as prince metals angina or variant angina if you suffer from high blood pressure what

Happens is amlodipine works by relaxing the muscles of the blood vessels and therefore the blood can flow through more easily if you suffer from angina which i told just now amlodipine works by improving the blood supply to the heart muscle which then receives more oxygen and as a result the chest pain is prevented or relieved or decreased i’m notified please

Remember it does not provide any immediate relief of chest pain due to fungus so it is for the long term management of the angina what you need to know before you take amlodipine tablets please do not take amlodipine tablets if you are a allergic or hypersensitive to amlodipine or any other inactive drugs or inactive ingredients of the tablets or to any other

Calcium antagonists which i referred to earlier especially there are certain drugs called phelodipine which which come in the same category fellow depends etc etc now what are the manifestations of this allergy it can cause itching reddening of the skin and the contain breathing then if you are suffering from cardiogenic shock now what is cardio and shock it’s

A condition where the heart is unable to pump sufficient blood to the various corners of the body the symptoms of or the features of cardiogenic shock are low blood pressure low pulse and a fast heartbeat there is another condition which you need to know that is if you are suffering from the narrowing of aortic heart wall this is called an aortic stenosis or

If you are suffering from heart failure after a heart attack or if you are suffering from chest pain even at rest or with minimal effort this is called as unstable angina pectoris so with all these conditions you need to know before you take amlodipine tablets what are the warnings and precautions which we need to keep in mind before taking amlodipine tablets

You have to tell the doctor if you have heart failure or if you have suffered from heart attack in the last maybe past four to six weeks if you have a very severe and sudden increase in blood pressure this condition is called as hypertensive crisis in medical terminals or if you are having liver problems if you are very elderly in these conditions of course

Your doctor will monitor you very closely before giving you amlodipine which are the other medicines and other drugs which can interact with amlodipine and therefore they can have a sort of different effect on the efficiency of each other so please tell your doctor if you are taking or if you have recently taken any other medicines uh particularly i’ll give

You some of the commonly used medications that is medications which are used for lowering of the blood pressures or used in heart diseases for example verapamil ability asm well amlodipine may lower your blood pressure even more if you are taking these tablets along with uh these that is the combination of the two tablets then certain antifungal medicines

Which are used to treat fungal infections for example ketoconazole or it track another certain antiviral medications which are used to treat hiv and aids like retina wear indian aware etc etc through antibiotics like clarithromycin erythromycin erythromycin refam etc etc certain antidepressants for example then a particular corticosteroid which is used to

Treat inflammation and certain autoimmune diseases that is dexamethasone which is many of the times used in rheumatoid arthritis another drug called dentoline which is given in iv form for severe body temperature abnormalities tacrolymus which is used to treat or which is used to modify your immunity then cholesterol lowering medications particularly simvastatin

Certain immunosuppressants like cyclosporine or drugs which are used for management of epilepsy that is fits and commonly these drugs are phenobarbital phenytoin and carbamazepine medicines for importance that is sildenafil so all these drugs if you are already taking please remember that you should inform the doctor and they may have a drug interaction in between

Them now what about taking amlodin tablets with food or drink amlodipine tablets should be swallowed not crushed not cured okay with a glass of liquid for example a glass of water with or without food it doesn’t make a difference but remember grapefruit or grapefruit juice should not be consumed by people who are taking amlodipine tablets why because grapefruit

And grapefruit juice can lead to an increase in the blood levels of the active ingredient that is amlodipine and therefore this can lead to a very unpredictable increase in the blood pressure lowering action of amlodipine what about driving and using machines when you are taking amlodipine tablets we to drive or use machines if the tablets that is amlodipine

Make you feel sick dizzy or tired or they give rise to headache please do not drive or please do not use any machinery contact your doctor immediately such side effects are likely to occur generally at the start of the treatment or following an increasing dose if you suffer from these effects you should not drive or any mechanical activities that require you

To be alert how to take amlodipine tablets will always take amlodipine tablets exactly as your doctor has told you the usual starting dose of for adults is five milligrams once daily occasionally it can be reduced to 2.5 milligrams once daily but if necessary your doctor may increase the dose to 10 milligrams one stage how about elderly patients there are no

Spatial dosages recommended for elderly but care must be taken when the dose is increased if you have even kidney disease generally normally dose the normal dose is usually recommended under doctors observation but to keep in mind that amlodipine cannot be removed from the blood by dialysis and therefore it should be given very cautiously to patients undergoing

Dialysis if you have liver problems please talk to your doctor your doctor will then decide whether the medicine that the amlodipine is suitable for you and the correct dose whatever is being recommended is going to work in your case if you take amino european tablets more than we should accidentally what will happen well that’s a very serious condition so contact

Your hospital what happens if you take more amlodipine tablets than you should well it’s a relatively emergent condition serious conditions and therefore you should contact your doctor at the nearest hospital casualty department please also carry with you the product leaflet or the remaining number of tablets for better identification by the treating doctor you

Should lie down with your arms and legs up resting on a couple of cushions for example so that more amount of blood flow is directed to your upper part of the body what are the symptoms of an overdose extreme dizziness and or feeling very light headed faint or weak then one can have problems with breathing then one can have a tendency of urinating very often

If the blood pressure drop is severe enough one can also face a condition a medical emergency called shock in these conditions the skin could be felt cool and clammy and you sweat really profusely and you may lose consciousness also what happens if you forget to take amlodipine tablets first of all don’t worry if you forget to take a tablet leave out that dose

Completely no issues but take your next dose at the right time do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten proceed if you wish to or if you totally stop and amlodipine tablets well as i’ve said you should take it regularly your doctor will advise you how long to take amlodipine remember that your condition may return if you stop to take this medicine

Before you are advised any further questions regarding continuation of the treatment you should always ask your doctor or pharmacist

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