Amlopin 10 Tablet belongs to a class of medicines known as calcium channel blockers. It is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and prevent angina (heart-related chest pain). It lowers blood pressure and reduces the heart’s workload, which helps prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Amlopin 10 Tablet may be prescribed alone or along with other medicines. The dose depends on what you are taking it for and the severity of your condition. You can take it at any time of the day, with or without food, but it is best to take it at about the same time each day. You should take this medicine for as long as it is prescribed for you. Even if you feel well, do not stop this medicine on your own because high blood pressure often has no symptoms. If you stop taking it, your condition may get worse. Keeping yourself active with regular exercise, managing your weight, and eating a healthy diet will also help control your blood pressure.
Before taking it, let your doctor know if you have any liver, heart, or kidney problems. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor before taking this medicine. You also need to tell your doctor about all the other medicines you are taking, especially those used to treat high blood pressure or heart conditions. You should have your blood pressure checked regularly to make sure that this medicine is working properly.
BENEFITS OF AMLOPIN TABLET
In Treatment of Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Amlopin 10 Tablet works by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily around your body. This lowers your blood pressure and reduces your risk of having a stroke, a heart attack, or kidney problems in the future. You do not usually feel any direct benefit from taking this medicine, but it works in the long term to keep you well. You should take it regularly as prescribed for this medicine to be most effective, even if you feel better.
In Prevention of Angina (heart-related chest pain)
Amlopin 10 Tablet relaxes the blood vessels and improves blood flow around your body. This means that more oxygen gets to your heart and reduces the risk of getting chest pain (angina). This medicine should not be used to treat chest pain which is already happening. It is used to prevent or reduce the frequency of angina attacks. This medicine needs to be taken regularly as prescribed for it to work effectively. So, it is important to keep taking it even if you feel well and have no symptoms.
HOW TO USE AMLOPIN TABLET
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Amlopin 10 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
HOW AMLOPIN TABLET WORKS
Amlopin 10 Tablet is a calcium channel blocker. In high blood pressure, it normalizes the blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels to reduce the pressure on them, thereby improving the blood flow in the body. In heart-related chest pain (angina), the enhanced blood flow in the body relaxes the heart muscles by reducing the workload on the heart. It also improves the oxygen flow in the body, thereby, preventing any heart-related chest pain.
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Amlopin 10 Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Amlopin 10 Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Amlopin 10 Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Amlopin 10 Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Amlopin 10 Tablet may cause side effects such as dizziness, headaches, nausea or tiredness, all of which could affect your ability to concentrate and drive.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Amlopin 10 Tablet is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Amlopin 10 Tablet is recommended.
Amlopin 10 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Amlopin 10 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Amlopin 10 Tablet is started at a lower dose in patients with liver disease and further increased slowly with careful monitoring.
Interaction with drugs
Using the below medicines along with Amlopin Tablet may reduce the efficacy or cause side effects.
WHAT IF YOU FORGET TO TAKE AMLOPIN TABLET?
If you miss a dose of Amlopin 10 Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them
Common side effects of Amlopin
- Abdominal pain
Q. How long does it take for Amlopin 10 Tablet to work?
Amlopin 10 Tablet starts working on the day it is taken. However, it may take weeks to see the full effect. You should continue taking the medicine even if you feel better or if you do not notice any considerable difference. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns or you feel worse after taking the medicine.
Q. Does Amlopin 10 Tablet cause itching?
Amlopin 10 Tablet may cause itching in some patients, though it is an uncommon side effect. However, if you experience severe itching contact your doctor.
Q. Is Amlopin 10 Tablet bad for the kidneys?
No, there is no evidence that Amlopin 10 Tablet causes deterioration of kidney problems. Amlopin 10 Tablet can be used in normal doses in patients with kidney problems. In fact, its blood pressure-lowering effect, it helps to prevent injury to the kidneys due to hypertension.
Q. Should I take Amlopin 10 Tablet in the morning or at night?
Amlopin 10 Tablet can be taken anytime of the day. Usually, it is advised to be taken in the morning, but your doctor may advise to take it in the evening as well. You should take it at the same time each day so that you remember to take it and consistent levels of medicine are maintained in the body.
Q. For how long do I need to take Amlopin 10 Tablet?
You should keep on taking Amlopin 10 Tablet for as long as your doctor has recommended you to take it. You may need to take it lifelong. Do not stop taking it, even if you feel well or your blood pressure is well controlled. If you stop taking Amlopin 10 Tablet, your blood pressure may increase again and your condition may worsen.
Q. Is Amlopin 10 Tablet a beta-blocker?
No, Amlopin 10 Tablet is not a beta-blocker. It belongs to a class of medicines known as calcium channel blockers. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can easily flow through the blood vessels.
Q. What are the serious side effects of Amlopin 10 Tablet?
Amlopin 10 Tablet may cause some serious side effects such as liver problems (yellowing of skin, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite), pancreatitis (severe stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting), and recurrent chest pain which may be indicative of a heart attack. However, these side effects are rarely seen. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medicine to you because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of any potential side effects. Follow your doctor’s advice.
Q. What should I avoid while taking Amlopin 10 Tablet?
Consult your doctor first before starting any new prescription or non-prescription medicines or supplements. Take low sodium and low-fat diet, and adhere to the lifestyle changes as advised by your doctor. Avoid eating grapefruit (chakotra) or drinking grapefruit juice while taking Amlopin 10 Tablet. Stop smoking and taking alcohol as this helps to lower your blood pressure and prevents heart problems.
Q. I have developed ankle edema and swelling over my feet after using a Amlopin 10 Tablet. What should I do?
Amlopin 10 Tablet can cause ankle or foot swelling. To reduce swelling raise your legs while you are sitting down. Talk to your doctor if it does not go away.
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