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What Are the Side Effects of 10 mg of Amlodipine Besylate?

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Laura Candelaria is a family nurse practitioner and assistant professor of nursing and nutritional science. Her experience includes neonatal and pediatric intensive-care, women's oncology, gynecology, obstetrics, lactation, nutrition and infertility. She has been published in "Nursing Spectrum," "Newsday" and on various websites.
What Are the Side Effects of 10 mg of Amlodipine Besylate?
Amlodipine besylate works to keep the heart healthy. Photo Credit Which way to the heart? Labyrinth, a silhouette and a heart image by Stasys Eidiejus from Fotolia.com

Amlodipine besylate is a medication in a class of drugs known as calcium channel blockers. It is prescribed for angina, a condition characterized by episodes of crushing chest pain, which usually results from a lack of oxygen in the heart muscle due to clogged arteries. Amlodipine is also used for the treatment of high blood pressure. There are some side effects associated with 10 mg of amlodipine besylate.

Headache and Dizziness

Amlodipine besylate can cause headache and dizziness. These side effects may be temporary until the body has time to adjust to this medication. Patients should use caution while driving or operating hazardous machinery until they know how amlodipine will affect them. Alcohol and other medications may increase the intensity of these side effects. For a persistent headache, patients should consult their health care provider regarding the use of an over-the-counter analgesic such as acetaminophen. Patients taking amlodipine should be taught how to monitor their blood pressure at home. In some cases, headache and dizziness can be a symptom of low blood pressure, which should be reported to a physician prior to taking another dose.

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Fatigue

Fatigue is a common side effect of 10 mg amlodipine besylate. Patients may feel more tired and sleepy than usual. Sleeping at least eight hours each night and taking a midday nap if possible may help users feel more awake and energized throughout the day. Fatigue that becomes bothersome should be brought to the attention of a health care provider.

Fluid Retention and Swelling

Amlodipone besylate can cause fluid retention and swelling, which should be brought to the attention of a physician. Sometimes physicians prescribe amlodipine with a diuretic, a medication to help rid the body of excess fluid. Too much fluid retention in the body can place additional pressure on the heart and lead to complications. Eating a low-sodium diet and increasing daily water consumption may help to decrease fluid retention and swelling. Sitting or laying down with the legs elevated above the level of the heart can help to reduce the pooling of fluid in the legs and feet.

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