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) 602 339
Elevated blood pressure 361 165
Raynaud's disease 59 26
Angina pectoris 15 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
Severe 27
Moderate 45
Mild 65
None 373

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amlodipine

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

Show all 65 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amlodipine

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 115
10 mg daily 91
2.5 mg daily 17
2.5 mg twice daily 2
7.5 mg daily 2
5 mg twice daily 2
10 mg twice daily 2
2.5 mg weekly 1
1 tab(s) daily 1
2.5 mg every other day 1

See all 11 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Amlodipine

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 96
Side effects too severe 50
Other 31
Did not seem to work 30
Course of treatment ended 20
Change in health plan coverage 6
Personal research 6
Expense 2
See all 204 patients who've stopped taking Amlodipine

Duration

Currently taking Amlodipine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 30
2 - 5 years 70
5 - 10 years 76
10 years or more 37

Stopped taking Amlodipine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 22
1 - 6 months 38
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 46
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 450
Usually 28
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 24
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 62
Not at all hard to take 423
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 15
< $25 282
Not specified 212

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amlodipine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 23
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 12
Nifedipine (Procardia XL) 5
Carvedilol (Coreg) 3
Losartan (Cozaar) 3

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Amlodipine and switched to:

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

Show all 25 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 (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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