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) 571 310
Elevated blood pressure 358 159
Raynaud's disease 57 24
Angina pectoris 15 10
Raynaud's phenomenon 11 3
Angina pain 9 5

Show all 51 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
28
Moderate
42
Mild
62
None
337

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 5

Show all 80 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amlodipine

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 118
10 mg daily 80
2.5 mg daily 18
2.5 mg twice daily 5
10 mg twice daily 3
2.5 mg weekly 1
2.5 mg three times daily 1
7.5 mg daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
15 mg daily 1

See all 11 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Amlodipine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 89
Side effects too severe 50
Other 32
Did not seem to work 29
Course of treatment ended 20
Change in health plan coverage 6
Personal research 6
Expense 2
See all 196 patients who've stopped taking Amlodipine

Duration

Currently taking Amlodipine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 62
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 43

Stopped taking Amlodipine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 36
6 months - 1 year 30
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 410
Usually 26
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 61
Not at all hard to take 382
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 15
< $25 254
Not specified 199

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amlodipine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 20
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 12
Nifedipine (Procardia XL) 5
Carvedilol (Coreg) 3
Losartan (Cozaar) 3

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Amlodipine and switched to:

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

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching to

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35 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

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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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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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