Amlodipine is a medicine which is available as a generic medicine now but which is sometimes sold under brand names such as Norvasc among others. Manufactured in the United Kingdom, Amlodipine is used to treat high blood pressure, coronoary heart disease and angina. It is classed as a calcium channel blocker and it works by opening up the blood vessels (vasodilation) with concomittant reduction in peripheral vascular resistance which causes a drop in blood pressure. Blood starts to pass more easily through your arterial system as a consequence and in those with angina, Amlodipine increases the blood and oxygen supply to the heart which causes a reduction in chest pain.
High blood pressure is a serious condition that can make an individual predisposed to heart attacks so the use of Amlodipine can be critical in ensuring patient health and prevent severe cardiovascular events. Amlodipine is one of the medicines which comprises the World Health Organisation's list of essential medicines which have shown proven results from both an efficacy and safety perspective.
Amlodipine can be taken by anyone from the age of 6 years and older and by both men and women. While it is a commonly prescribed medicine which enjoys a high level of safety there are some patients for whom it would not be appropriate including those who are in shock, allergic to Amlodipine, and who suffer from an obstruction in the heart.
As with any medicine, take Amlodipine exactly as your doctor has told you. In general, Amlodipine is dosed once a day by adults, in a 5mg dose with a maximum suggested dose of 10mg daily while in those aged 6-17 years of age, the dose is usually halved. Always refer to product literature.