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What Is Amlodipine Used for?

How Amlodipine Works

Amlodipine is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Amlodipine helps slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and into the blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the vessels, which allows better blood flow and causes lower blood pressure. It also makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
 
There are two basic types of calcium channel blockers: dihydropyridine and non-dihydropyridine. The most important difference between the two types is that non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers can slow the heart rate, while dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers do not. Amlodipine is a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, which means that it does not have an effect on the heart rate.
 

Amlodipine Uses in Children

Amlodipine has been approved to treat high blood pressure in children as young as six years old. Be sure to talk to your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using amlodipine in children.
 

Off-Label Uses for Amlodipine

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend amlodipine for treating something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label uses of amlodipine include:
 
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