Precautions and Warnings of Amlodipine
Before starting the drug, it is important to understand the precautions and warnings of amlodipine. For example, if you have liver disease or liver failure, your body may not metabolize amlodipine as well as it should. Also, be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking amlodipine if you have:
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Liver disease, including cirrhosis or liver failure.
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of with amlodipine include:
- If you are over 65 years old, your healthcare provider may choose to start you on a lower dose of amlodipine, such as amlodipine 2.5 mg once daily.
- In general, calcium channel blockers should not be used in people with congestive heart failure (CHF). However, amlodipine does not seem to have a negative effect on heart failure.
- If you have liver disease or liver failure, your body may not metabolize amlodipine as well as it should. Therefore, you may require extra monitoring by your healthcare provider and you may need to take a lower amlodipine dosage.
- If you have severe coronary artery disease, there is a low possibility that taking amlodipine may increase your chances of worsening chest pain and/or heart attack when starting amlodipine therapy or increasing your dose.
- Amlodipine is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that amlodipine may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using amlodipine during pregnancy (see Norvasc and Pregnancy for more information).
- In is not known if amlodipine passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using amlodipine (see Norvasc and Breastfeeding for more information).