Amplodipine can help to control your pets high blood pressure and improve his/her quality of life. What is Amlodipine?
Amlodipine is an oral tablet that is prescribed by your veterinarian when your pet suffers from high blood pressure (hypertension). What are the benefits of Amlodipine?
- Safe to use for high blood pressure in dogs and cat
- Helps to control high blood pressure in dogs and cats with chronic kidney disease
- Can assist in the management of congestive heart failure (CHF)
cats and dogsHow is this medication given?
Give all prescribed medication by mouth preferably with food exactly as prescribed by your veterinarian. Try not to miss a dose as skipping medication can worsen your pets condition. Call your veterinarian if you have questions regarding the proper use of Amlodipine. How does this medication work?
Amlodipine blocks 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 blood pressure into normal range when it is elevated. What results can I expect?
Amlodipine can help to lower your pets blood pressure quickly and he/she should start to feel better. If a dose is missed, the blood pressure will increase again so it is important to give medication continually. What form(s) does Amlodipine come in?
This medication is available as a tablet. Generic Name:
Amlodipine Besylate (Common Drug Name) Common Brand Name:
NorvascDose and Administration:
Give Amlodipine by mouth according to your veterinarians specific instructions. Try to give medication with food if possible. It is important to give all scheduled doses of medication or your pets condition can deteriorate. If you happen to miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember but never give two doses at once. Give this medication only to the pet it has been prescribed for. If you are unsure of how to use this medication correctly, contact your veterinarian. Uses:
Amlodipine is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in dogs and cats. It can also sometimes be used to manage congestive heart failure in conjunction with other medications. Possible Side Effects:
This medication is generally well tolerated. Possible side effects include lethargy (drowsiness), loss of appetite, weight loss, or rapid heart rate. Other side effects are possible.
Some pets may be allergic to this medication and may experience a true allergic reaction.
Call your veterinarian without delay if your pet is acting unusual in any way while taking Amlodipine. Drug and Food Interactions:
Always tell your veterinarian about any medications or supplements your pet is taking prior to giving amlodipine. Aspirin, diuretics (e.g., furosemide, salix), certain heart medications called beta-blockers (e.g., propanolol, atenolol), and other medications that also lower blood pressure may interact with amlodipine. Other interactions are also possible. Precautions:
Pets who are allergic to this medication or similar medications should not take Amplodipine. It should also be used with caution in animals who suffer from heart failure or liver disease. Do not use in breeding, pregnant, or lactating females. Storage:
Store at room temperature away from children and pets. A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Amlodipine.