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Amlodipine : Interaction with Food, Herbs and Alcohol

Interaction of Amlodipine with Food, Herbs and Alcohol - For your own safety It is important to understand and avoid the drug-food interaction and how to take the medication. Drug-food interaction can sometimes cause side effects and can even reduce the efficacy of the drug.
Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker, prescribed for high blood pressure and chest pain. It widens blood vessels and improves blood flow by not making the heart pump harder.


Amlodipine Interactions with Food and Herbs

Grapefruit Juice: Grapefruit juice may increase the level of amlodipine in the blood stream.

Pleurisy Root: Pleurisy roots are not recommended with most cardiovascular medications due to the cardiac glycoside content of the root.

Sodium rich foods: Most of the doctors prescribe low sodium foods for patients of hypertension and heart disease, who are often prescribed amlodipine.

Amlodipine Interactions with Alcohol

  • Combined use of alcohol and amlodipine may lead to some severe side effects like dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • It is best to avoid alcohol when you are on amlodipine.

How to Take the Medication -

  • Amlodipine comes in tablet form and can be taken once a day with food or on an empty stomach.
  • The dose may vary from 2.5mg to 10mg per day depending on factors like body weight and the patient condition.
  • Do not miss a dose. Even if you miss it, take it as soon as you remember.
  • Do not double the dose at a time to compensate for the missed dose
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