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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.

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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.
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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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