What is Amlodipine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker used for the treatment of hypertension, angina, and for angina due to coronary artery disease in patients without heart failure of an ejection fraction of less than 40%.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High blood pressure (hypertension) 623 359
Elevated blood pressure 364 169
Raynaud's disease 59 25
Angina pectoris 16 10
Raynaud's phenomenon 11 3

Show all 53 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 29
Moderate 46
Mild 68
None 387

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amlodipine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Swelling in lower extremities 11
Swelling in ankles 8
Fatigue 7
Lightheadedness 6
Swelling in feet 6
Dizziness 5

Show all 74 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amlodipine

Dosage Patients Percentage
5 mg daily 73
10 mg daily 68
2.5 mg daily 18
2.5 mg twice daily 3
7.5 mg daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
10 mg twice daily 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Amlodipine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 96
Side effects too severe 52
Did not seem to work 32
Other 32
Course of treatment ended 19
Change in health plan coverage 6
Personal research 6
Expense 2
See all 207 patients who've stopped taking Amlodipine

Duration

Currently taking Amlodipine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 66
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 30

Stopped taking Amlodipine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 38
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 471
Usually 28
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 23
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 65
Not at all hard to take 438
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 14
< $25 290
Not specified 225

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amlodipine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lisinopril (Zestril) 24
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 11
Losartan (Cozaar) 5
Nifedipine (Procardia XL) 4
Carvedilol (Coreg) 3

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Amlodipine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 5
Lisinopril (Zestril) 4
Losartan (Cozaar) 4
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 3
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 2

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching to

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36 patient evaluations for Amlodipine

Sep 28, 2017 (Started Feb 10, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

Jul 12, 2004 (Started Feb 10, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Didn't need to take anymore my pressure was fine on just Atenolol

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 23, 2017 (Started Jan 22, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for cold hands and feet)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Amlodipine is still a major help.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 12, 2016 (Started Jan 22, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cold hands and feet)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Amlodipine continues to keep my hands and feet warmer than they would otherwise be.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 12, 2016 (Started Jan 22, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for cold hands and feet)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Amlodipine remains an effective treatment, no overall change noted.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 27, 2015 (Started Jan 22, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for cold hands and feet)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Amlodipine continues to be an effective treatment.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 14, 2015 (Started Jan 22, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for cold hands and feet)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 8, 2013 (Started Jan 22, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Cold Hands and Feet)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Amlodipine is a vasal-dialator that increases blood-flow, which helps keep my hands & feet warmer.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 6, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Hypertension and Raynaud's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (lightheadedness, dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Changed because insurance stopped covering the nephedipine that was working well for both purposes.  It's not controlling my BP and is leaving me light-headed and somewhat dizzy.  Will switch  as soon as I see my doc. 

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