Amlodipine (brand name Norvasc) is a blocker of "slow" calcium channels of the group of dihydropyridine derivatives of the second generation. It works mainly on blood vessels, causing vasodilatation of smooth muscle and vessel walls. It also lowers blood pressure and reduces peripheral vascular resistance.
Amlodipine does not allow the entry of calcium ions into the smooth muscle cells of the myocardium and blood vessels. The drug produces a prolonged dose-dependent hypotensive effect, thanks to the direct relaxing effect on vascular smooth muscle, decreasing their total peripheral resistance. Due to expansion of peripheral arterioles and reducing systemic vascular resistance it reduces the severity of myocardial ischemia almost without changes in heart rate. Since there is a lowering of the heart load, myocardial oxygen demand is reduced, the major coronary arteries and arterioles dilate both in unmodified and ischemic areas of the heart muscle increase the supply of oxygen to the myocardium.
Amlodipine gradually manifests its action and prolonged effect. That is why there is a slow decrease in blood pressure and minimum reflex stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. Amlodipine reduces the degree of left ventricular hypertrophy in hypertension. Significant reduction in blood pressure is observed after 6-10 h after administration of amlodipine. The duration of the effect is 24 h. During prolonged treatment the maximum reduction in blood pressure occurs within 6-12 hours after administration of amlodipine. If after prolonged treatment amlodipine is canceled - the effective blood pressure reduction is retained for 48 hours after the last dose. Then the BP readings gradually return to baseline within 5-6 days.
Amlodipine gives angina patients an opportunity to increase run time of exercise, inhibits the development of angina attacks and St-segment depression during exercise, the frequency of angina attacks significantly reduces as the number of nitroglycerin tablets.
In patients with heart failure of II-III functional class Amlodipine does not impair the state.
Amlodipine may be used in patients with diabetes, gout, bronchial asthma. The drug has no effect on the lipid profile of blood plasma and the metabolism.
Amlodipine is marketed under different trade names and is sold as:
Amlodipine is indicated for the treatment of hypertension as a means of first-line drug used for monotherapy of hypertension in many patients. Amlodipine can be simultaneously used in combination with a thiazide diuretic, РћВ±-adrenergic-antagonists (РћВ±-blockers), РћР†-adrenergic-antagonists (РћР†-blockers) and ACE inhibitors.
Amlodipine is prescribed alone or in combination with other antianginal drugs
"Norvasc (amlodipine) for High Blood Pressure: Going on three years of taking this medicine. Blood pressure is normal 118/66. Usually 118/70 sometimes 99/55."
"Norvasc (amlodipine) for High Blood Pressure: I'm 32 years old and at first Amlodopine made me feel depressed, dizzy and anxious. Now I am used to this medication. I have so much energy. Before this medication I was on the verge of a heart attack and stroke. My blood pressure is 110/70."
Norvasc (amlodipine) for High Blood Pressure: I am 27 years old and I had blood pressure of 150/100, around the high range for a few days at the very least but within 2 hours of taking Norvasc 5g my BP dropped to around 128/86. I have just taken this once in my life."
"Norvasc (amlodipine) for High Blood Pressure: Started on Norvasc about 1 wk ago and my bld pressure has gone from 180-200/100 to 120 /75, my heart rate has increased which is ok because I was on Bystolic for a short time and my heart rate dropped into the 40's."
"Norvasc (amlodipine) for High Blood Pressure: No side effects. Blood pressure fairly well controlled on 5 mg of this only."
"Norvasc (amlodipine) for Raynaud's Syndrome: At first I got fantastic results. I have severe Raynaud's and was basically house bound. It even presented in warm weather. At first the Norvasc totally removed the symptoms. They seem to have come back, however, and it is mid-summer. I also take Ritalin for narcolepsy and I fear that it may be causing some of the symptoms. I would recommend trying this medicine for Raynaud's. I take 5 mg per day."