Pronounced (am loe’ di peen)
Brand Names:  Amvaz®, Katerzia®, Norvasc®

Why is Amlodipine Prescribed?

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children 6 years and older. It is also used to treat certain types of anginas (chest pain that occurs when the heart does not get enough oxygen) and coronary artery disease (narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart).

How Does Amlodipine Work?

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 healthcare provider may prescribe a different medication to take when you have chest pain.
Senior couple dancing in the kitchen while feeling better after taking amlodipine

Common Side Effects of Amlodipine

Amlodipine may cause side effects. Tell your healthcare provider if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
  • Swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • Headache
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Drowsiness
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Flushing
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment:
  • More frequent or more severe chest pain
  • Rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • Fainting

More About Amlodipine

When being prescribed any new medication, always inform your provider of all medications you are taking, including vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements, to avoid possible drug interactions.