Amlodipine Oral Suspension
What is this medicine?
AMLODIPINE (am LOE di peen) is a calcium channel blocker. It relaxes your blood vessels and decreases the amount of work the heart has to do. It treats high blood pressure and/or prevents chest pain (also called angina).
How should I use this medicine?
Take this drug by mouth. Take it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked oral syringe, spoon, or dropper to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Keep taking it unless your health care provider tells you to stop.
Talk to your health care provider about the use of this drug in children. While it may be prescribed for children as young as 6 for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care provider as soon as possible:
allergic reactions (skin rash, itching or hives; swelling of the face, lips, or tongue)
heart attack (trouble breathing; pain or tightness in the chest, neck, back or arms; unusually weak or tired)
low blood pressure (dizziness; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; unusually weak or tired)
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care provider if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
This medicine may interact with the following medications:
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Avoid exposure to extreme heat. Protect from light. Throw away any unused drug after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to amlodipine, other drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your health care provider for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your health care provider what your blood pressure should be. Also, find out when you should contact him or her.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are using this drug without asking your health care provider for advice. Some drugs may increase your blood pressure.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand up or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.