Amlodipine Besylate is a prescription medication tablet used to help control high blood pressure in those with chronic kidney disease to improve their quality of life. It helps by blocking calcium channels that control arterial muscle contraction. This causes relaxation of the arterial walls, which results in dilation of the arteries and helps to decrease high blood pressure. Customers may receive this drug under the names Norvasc, Istin.
Amlodipine is an oral tablet prescribed for the treatment of hypertension also known as high blood pressure. It may be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents. It can help control high blood pressure in dogs and cats with chronic kidney disease and may also assist in managing congestive heart failure.
Possible Side Effects
While this medication is generally well tolerated, some adverse reactions are possible. Most adverse reactions reported were of mild or moderate severity. Some of these side effects may include drowsiness, loss of appetite, weight loss, or rapid heart rate. Other side effects are also possible.
Drug & Food Interactions
Amlodipine may interact with aspirin, diuretics, certain heart medications known as beta-blockers, as well as other medications used to lower blood pressure. Other interactions are also possible. Always tell your veterinarian about any medications, vitamins or supplements your pet is taking prior to starting amlodipine.
Pets who are allergic to similar medications should not take amlodipine. It should also be used with caution in those who suffer from liver disease or heart failure. Do not use this medication in breeding, lactating or pregnant females.
This drug is FDA-approved for human use. However, it is common practice for veterinarians to prescribe such drugs for use in dogs and cats.
NOTE: For Generic Medications, the picture displayed may not depict actual product. Generic medications may vary from one order to the next by size, color, and shape depending on the manufacturer. Customers may receive the same drug under the names Norvasc, Istin.