Amlodipine is a medicine that belongs to a group called calcium antagonists, used to treat high blood pressure and a chest pain known as angina, belonging to a group of drugs called calcium antagonists, Amlodipine is a type of medicine that is used to treat high blood pressure and chest pains like angina. It can be used as a standalone medicine or as a combination with other medications. It should be noted that it is not used to treat any type of chest pains when they occur.
Amlodipine is also known by its brand name, Norvasc. It comes in different strengths, mainly 2.5 mg, 5 mg and 10 mg. It comes as small, round, white pills that should be taken with a glass of water.
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is a type of health condition that affects your blood pressure. It basically refers to when the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the blood vessels is always too high, leading to damage in the arteries and later on, the heart. The higher your blood pressure, the harder your heart and vessels work. This also leads to less efficient work. The force and friction caused by high blood pressure is what damages the delicate tissues inside the arteries. It can lead to other problems such as atherosclerosis, stroke, heart attacks and arrhythmia.
There are four types of blood pressure measurements that determines if you have hypertension or not:
- Normal blood pressure – if the measurement is below 120/80 mm Hg.
- Elevated blood pressure – if the systolic pressure is 120 to 129 mm Hg and a diastolic pressure below 80 mm Hg.
- Stage 1 hypertension – if the systolic pressure is measured to be 130 to 139 mm Hg or if the diastolic pressure ranges from 80 to 89 mm Hg.
- Stage 2 hypertension – if the systolic pressure is measured to be 140 mm Hg or if the diastolic pressure is measured as 90 mm Hg or higher.
To treat hypertension (another word for high blood pressure), many people turn to diet, exercise and medication. It’s important to eat a heart-healthy diet with less salt and to engage in regular physical activity. If you’re overweight or obese, then it’s important to maintain a healthy weight. You should also limit the amount of alcohol that you take.