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) 525 285
Elevated blood pressure 352 151
Raynaud's disease 51 22
Angina pectoris 15 10
Raynaud's phenomenon 10 3
Angina pain 9 5

Show all 53 reasons taken


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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 28
Moderate 42
Mild 60
None 315

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amlodipine

Side effect Patients
Edema in lower extremities 8
Fatigue 7
Swelling in legs, feet and ankles 7
Lightheadedness 6
Swelling in ankles 6
Dizziness 4

Show all 81 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amlodipine

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 97
10 mg daily 64
2.5 mg daily 19
2.5 mg twice daily 3
5 mg twice daily 2
10 mg twice daily 2
1 tab(s) daily 1
20 mg daily 1
500 mg daily 1
2.5mg as needed 1

See all 11 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Amlodipine

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 86
Side effects too severe 49
Did not seem to work 29
Other 29
Course of treatment ended 20
Change in health plan coverage 5
Personal research 5
Expense 2
See all 188 patients who've stopped taking Amlodipine

Duration

Currently taking Amlodipine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 47
10 years or more 40

Stopped taking Amlodipine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 388
Usually 26
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 59
Not at all hard to take 362
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 15
< $25 245
Not specified 184

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amlodipine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 16
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 10
Nifedipine (Procardia XL) 4
Carvedilol (Coreg) 3
Losartan (Cozaar) 3

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Amlodipine and switched to:

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

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching to

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36 patient evaluations for Amlodipine

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 6, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Hypertension and Raynaud's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Dizziness, Lightheadedness)
  • 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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Sep 17, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

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