How much to take
Amlow comes as 5mg and 10mg tablets.
Depending on why you're taking Amlow, the usual starting dose is 5mg once a day.
If the starting dose isn't working well enough (your blood pressure doesn't lower enough, or your angina isn't controlled), you may need to increase your dose to 10mg.
To decide the correct dose for you in the longer term, your doctor will check your blood pressure to make sure it's not too high or too low. They'll also ask if you're getting any side effects from the medicine.
Doses may be lower for children.
Pregnancy and Lactation
Use Amlow with caution during pregnancy if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.
It is unknown whether Amlow is excreted in milk; use of Amlow while breastfeeding is not recommended.
Amlow may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- upset stomach
- stomach pain
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- excessive tiredness
Taking simvastatin with Amlow can cause the levels of this cholesterol medication to increase in your body. This may lead to more side effects.
Is Amlow besylate (Norvasc) safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- Generally, Amlow is avoided in pregnancy, and by nursing mothers and children although there are no adequate studies of Amlow use during pregnancy.
- It is not known whether Amlow is excreted in breast milk. Generally, Amlow is avoided in pregnancy, and by nursing mothers and children.
Before starting and during your treatment with this drug, your doctor may check your:
These tests will help your doctor decide if Amlow is safe for you to start and if you need a lower dosage.
Why it’s used
Amlow is used to lower your blood pressure. It can be used alone or in combination with other heart medications.
Amlow is also used to help blood flow more easily to your heart when the arteries in your heart are blocked.
Amlow is also used to treat coronary artery disease and angina (chest pain).
Taking clarithromycin with Amlow can increase the level of Amlow in your body. This may cause more side effects.
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Q: I am on Norvasc (Amlow). Can this medication make you gain weight?
A: Weight gain is a rare side effect of Norvasc (amlopodine) occurring in less than 1 percent of people taking the drug. Because weight gain with Norvasc happens so infrequently, it is difficult to know whether the weight gain is caused by Norvasc or another factor. If you see a rapid increase in weight gain or fluid retention then contact you health care provider and let him know what you are noticing. A low-salt and low-fat diet may help with the weight gain. You may also find helpful information at: //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/norvasc.
Special dosage considerations
For people with liver problems: Amlow/benazepril is processed by your liver. If your liver isn’t working well, more of the drug may stay in your body longer, putting you at risk for side effects. If you have severe liver problems, your doctor will likely start you on 2.5 mg Amlow/10 mg benazepril.
For people with kidney problems: Your dosage of Amlow/benazepril doesn’t need to be adjusted if you have mild or moderate kidney disease. If you have severe kidney disease, you shouldn’t use this drug.
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this list includes all possible dosages. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your doctor or pharmacist about dosages that are right for you.
Amlow/benazepril oral capsule is used for long-term treatment. It comes with serious risks if you don’t take it as prescribed.
What to do if you miss a dose: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it’s been more than 12 hours since you missed a dose, skip the missed dose and just take your next dose at the regular time.
If you skip or miss doses: If you skip or miss doses, your blood pressure may get worse. This could lead to serious problems, such as stroke or heart attack.
If you take too much: You have a higher risk of having side effects caused by this drug. You may also have the following symptoms:
- trouble breathing
- very low blood pressure
- fast heartbeats
If you think you’ve taken too much of this drug, call your doctor or local poison control center. If your symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
How to tell if the drug is working: You’ll know whether this drug is working when you check your blood pressure at home. If your blood pressure is at or below the goal your doctor set for you, the medication is working.
Keep these considerations in mind if your doctor prescribes Amlow/benazepril for you.
Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if:
- you get a skin rash that may include itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- you're wheezing
- you get tightness in the chest or throat
- you have trouble breathing or talking
- your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat start swelling
You could be having a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital.
These aren't all the side effects of Amlow.
For a full list, see the leaflet inside your medicine packet.
You can report any suspected side effect to the UK safety scheme.
Warnings for people with certain health conditions
For people with liver problems: Amlow is processed by your liver. If your liver isn’t working well, more of this drug may stay in your body longer. This puts you at risk for more side effects. If you have severe liver problems, your doctor may lower your dosage.
For people with heart problems: If you have heart problems, such as narrowing of your arteries, this drug may increase your risk of health problems. You may have low blood pressure, worse chest pain, or a heart attack after starting treatment with this drug, or increasing your dosage. If you have these symptoms, call your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor. Your blood pressure should be checked regularly to determine your response to Amlow.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
4. How and when to take it
Take Amlow exactly as your doctor has told you, and follow the directions on the label. If you're not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
It's usual to take Amlow once a day. You can take Amlow at any time of day, but try to make sure it's around the same time every day.