Amlodipine is worked in the treatment of Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Angina (heart-related chest pain).

How Does Amlodipine Work

Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker. In high blood pressure, it normalizes the blood pressure by resting the blood vessels to decrease the pressure on them, thereby improving the blood flow in the body. The enhanced blood flow in the body further rests the heart muscles by decreasing the workload on the heart. It also improves the oxygen movement in the body, thereby, blocking any heart-related chest pain.

Amlodipine blocks calcium from inserting specific tissues and arteries. This makes it more comfortable for them to rest so that blood can flow more efficiently to your heart. This in turn helps reduce your blood pressure and decreases your risk of heart attack or stroke. If you’re using amlodipine for heart pain, this medication decreases your risk of hospitalization and surgeries due to heart pain.

Side Effects

An amlodipine oral tablet may cause excessive sleepiness. It can also cause other side effects.

  • Fatigue
  • Ankle swelling
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Abdominal pain

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or several weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Forms and strengths

Generic: Amlodipine

  • Form: Oral tablet
  • Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg

Brands: Amlong, Amlodac, Stamlo, Eslo, Amlokind, Amlopress, Amtas, Amlopin Etc.

  • Form: Oral tablet
  • Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg


Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older)

  • Usual starting dosage: 5 mg taken once per day.
  • Dosage increases: Your doctor may increase your dosage based on your blood pressure goals.
  • Maximum dosage: 10 mg per day.


  • Take it at the same time every day to help you remember to take it.
  • A sudden drop in your blood pressure may occur, especially when you first start taking Amlodipine. To lower the risk of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise gradually if you have been resting or sleeping down.
  • It can cause ankle or foot swelling. To reduce the swelling, raise your legs while you are sitting down. Talk to your doctor if it does not go away.
  • It may cause dizziness. Do not drive or do any activity that requires mental focus until you understand how Amlodipine affects you. 

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