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Amlodipine

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Amlodipine is one of the most effective calcium channel blocker that is available on the market. A therapy with Amlodipine is able to relax the muscles that are found in the walls of the patient's blood vessels and the individual's heart.
The combination between valsartan and Amlodipine is known as Exforge, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. The intake of Amlodipine is able to prevent the patient's blood vessels from narrowing, improving the blood flow and lowering the individual's blood pressure levels.
The ingredients of Exforge make it an effective remedy against hypertension (high blood pressure). However, as Amlodipine is one of the most powerful angiotensin II receptor antagonists on the market, it is only prescribed to an individual who has not adequately responded to other, previous therapy options.

Contraindications

Pregnant females should not be allowed to use Amlodipine, as Exforge is a category D FDA medical drug. Another therapy option should be employed in such cases. Nursing mothers should discontinue breast feeding their infants during their intake of this high blood pressure medicine. Each female who is planning to use Exforge for a prolonged period of time should make sure that she uses an effective birth control method (a non-hormonal one).
A therapy with Amlodipine is known to trigger some unpleasant adverse reactions, including dizziness, unsteadiness, and so on. For this reason, we recommend all patients to avoid rapidly getting up from a lying or from a sitting position (this may prevent the development of dizziness). Patients who are allergic to Diovan and / or to Norvasc must not be allowed to start using Exforge on a regular basis. The presence of some medical disorders (including: congestive heart failure, liver disease, kidney disease, and so on) is known to prevent an individual from starting a therapy with Amlodipine.

Intake Guidelines

In order to ease the intake of Amlodipine (Exforge), you should accompany your regular doses of Amlodipine with 8 ounces of liquid (water, if possible). Patients who are following long-term therapy trials with Amlodipine should undergo regular checks of their blood pressure (in order to ensure that their therapy is working as planned). Some physicians are known to demand their patients to undergo kidney functions tests in order to make sure that no severe complications will arise due to the intake of Exforge.
If a patient will undergo surgery or kidney dialysis, he or she will have to alert the surgeon or the health care provider who will supervise the clinical procedure that he or she is currently using Amlodipine (Amlodipine and valsartan). You are not allowed to cease your treatment with Exforge without your physician's consent even if your symptoms have disappeared. Hypertension is a tricky clinical illness that may remain asymptomatic until it reaches severe stages.

Dosage

Although the medicine's leaflet should contain some information regarding dosage instructions, you should acquire your Exforge dosage schedule from your PD. He or she is the only one who is entitled to prescribe you such information. The appropriate dosage of Amlodipine is known to differ from one clinical case to another, as it depends on the severity of the individual's clinical illness, on the patient's sex, age, and so on.

Overdose

Overdoses due to the intake of abnormally high amounts of Exforge are quite common, as many patients tend to use larger amounts of their medicine in order to compensate for a previous dose which was accidentally skipped. Such a solution is not the adequate one, as it increases the patient's risks of developing some of the most severe side effects of Amlodipine. Exforge overdose clinical manifestations are known to include: fainting, light-headedness, tingling, warmth, slow or fast heartbeat, and so on.

Missed Dose

It is very important to follow the therapy schedule that you have been prescribed by your health care provider if you want to be granted all the beneficial results that a treatment with Exforge has to offer. For this reason, missed doses of Amlodipine and valsartan should be immediately reported to your PD. Your physician will advise you what to do in such situations. Do not disobey his or her professional advice.

Side Effects

A prolonged intake of Exforge is known to lead to the development of several unwanted clinical manifestations. The severity of these symptoms and the signs themselves are known to differ from one clinical case to another, as it is known that each organism responds in a different way to the therapy with Amlodipine. The most severe side effects that may be triggered by an inadequate therapy with Exforge include: rapid weight gain pounding heartbeat, fast heartbeat, jaundice, chest pain, nausea, general illness, sweating, and so on.
As soon as you develop any of these symptoms you must notify your PD. Your doctor should be well aware of all the bothersome clinical manifestations that you experience (that may be due to your intake of Exforge) in order to be able to take the necessary measures (lowering your dose is one of the many options that may be employed in such cases).

Interactions

The effects of your therapy with Exforge may be disturbed by your intake of other medical products, especially salt substitutes, potassium supplements, water pills (diuretics), heart medicines or drugs that are employed in the treatment of high blood pressure. For this reason it is very important to notify your personal health care provider before you use any type of medication (apart from Exforge), in order to see whether you may or may not employ that medical product.
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