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Amlodipine

Amlodipine

Amlodipine is commonly used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure.
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  • Amlodipine Besylate Tablets by Teva Animal Health
Amlodipine Ingredients

  • 2.5 mg
  • Amlodipine Besylate




Amlodipine Basics

  • Amlodipine belongs to a general class of drugs known as dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers. Amlodipine is used in dogs and cats suffering from different heart conditions that include...
  • - High blood pressure
  • - Congestive heart failure

Calcium enters the heart through calcium channels and causes the heart muscle and blood vessels to contract, making it harder to pump blood through the body. Amlodipine blocks these calcium channels, which reduces the contraction of the heart muscle and dilates the arteries. This action slows the heart beat, therefore lowering blood pressure and making the heart pump blood more efficiently.



Amlodipine Facts

  • Amlodipine is a prescription drug.
  • It is approved for extra-label use by veterinarians.
  • Amlodipine helps the heart beat more efficiently.
  • Amlodipine effectively treats high blood pressure.
  • Tablets are available in one size:
  • - 2.5 mg
  • Amlodipine is especially effective for the treatment of hypertension in cats. Results in dogs have been mixed.



Amlodipine Warnings

  • Tablets should not be given to animals who have had previous allergies to Amlodipine.
  • Some animals may become weak upon taking Amlodipine due to lower blood pressure.
  • Missing a dose of Amlodipine can result in a rapid return of hypertension, which could be dangerous.
  • Notify your veterinarian if your animal is taking any other drugs, especially...
  • - Diuretics, like lasix and furosemide
  • - Other drugs that lower blood pressure
  • - Warfarin
  • - Aspirin
  • Use caution when giving Amlodipine to animals with...
  • - Heart failure
  • - Low blood pressure
  • Blood pressure should be monitored while animals are taking Amlodipine.


Details About Amlodipine
"Amlodipine is commonly used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure."
Amlodipine Is Used To Treat These Symptoms

  • Heart Failure
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Possible Side Effects When Using Amlodipine

  • Decreased Appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Weight Loss



If any of these side effects occur, keep giving Amlodipine, but contact your veterinarian immediately.



Allergic Reactions and Serious Side Effects of Amlodipine

  • Allergic reactions and serious side effects are rare, but in the case of an allergic reaction or serious side effect you should stop Amlodipine treatment and seek veterinary attention immediately. Some common allergic reactions and serious side effects are...
  • - facial swelling
  • - breathing difficulties
  • - fainting
  • - rapid heart rate


Our Information Is Not Intended To Replace The Advice Of Your Veterinarian
"Do not use our product information for diagnostic purposes. Always take your pet to your veterinarian to obtain a diagnosis and course of treatment. Only your veterinarian is qualified to assess all possible side effects, interactions, precautions, warnings and possible allergic reactions relating to the use of this product or drug with your pet."


Amlodipine Directions

  • Use Amlodipine as directed by your veterinarian.
  • Always follow the instructions printed on the prescription label.
  • Store Amlodipine at room temperature.
  • While giving Amlodipine, allow your pet access to plenty of water.
  • Amlodipine can be given with food.
  • Pill cutters may be necessary to ensure the correct dose of Amlodipine.



Amlodipine Dosage

Dosage for Dogs

  • - 2.5 mg / dog
  • - Give by mouth once per day
            

Dosage for Cats

  • - 1/4 of a 2.5 mg tablet
  • - Give by mouth once per day



Amlodipine Dosage FAQs

  • In the case of a missed dose, give Amlodipine as soon as you remember, or wait until it is time to give the next dose. DO NOT GIVE A DOUBLE DOSE OF AMLODIPINE.
  • In the case of an overdose of Amlodipine, seek attention from your veterinarian.
  • The following symptoms could be signs of an overdose...
  • - dizziness
  • - fainting



From Our Vets

Amlodipine is a blood pressure medicine referred to as a calcium channel blocker. We have used it to treat hypertension in cats. (Yes, we can check your cat's blood pressure!) Once your veterinarian has established that your cat has high blood pressure and does not have signs of other serious diseases, such as cardiomyopathy or renal disease, Amlodipine is frequently the drug that will be utilized. Occasionally, inappetence will occur in cats, but it has been well tolerated in my experience. Additionally, this drug really needs to be given consistently, as missed doses can result in hypertension.
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