Amlor is a prescription drug with the generic name amlodipine. It is primarily used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Untreated hypertension is the leading cause of stroke, which is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Amlor is a calcium channel-blocker drug that prevents the entry of calcium into the heart muscles and the artery. Calcium causes the heart to contract and the arteries to narrow, leading to heart problems.
Amlor plays an important role in maintaining normal blood pressure readings (which, according to Health.harvard.edu, is now 115/75), by allowing the blood vessels to relax and widen, allowing the blood to circulate without pressure throughout the body. This helps to prevent strokes, kidney problems and heart attacks.
The side effects of Amlor may be listed as common side effects, other side effects and allergic reaction. The common side effects include indigestion, stomach pain or nausea, and headache. In addition there may be a feeling of unusual tiredness, drowsiness and sleepiness, or palpitations. There may also be flushing, dizziness, and swelling of the face and hands feet or ankles. Consult your doctor for advice for any of these symptoms.
Other Side Effects
These side effects include constipation, weight gain, and muscle cramps and aches. There may also be swollen gums, ringing in the ears, along with sleeplessness and sexual problems. In addition there may be thinning of the hair and vision or sight changes, plus feelings of moodiness and nervousness or depression.
Serious Side Effects
These side effects are rare and will require immediate medical care and treatment. Seek emergency medical care for any of these symptoms: shortness of breath, dizziness or light-headedness when lying down or standing up. These symptoms also include chest pains and changes in the heart rate, being too fast or slowing down. There may also be symptoms of liver disease that include itching and yellow discoloration of the skin and cornea (white of the eyes).
An allergic reaction is a serious medical emergency. Seek immediate medical attention for any of following symptoms: itching, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, mouth, tongue or throat.
Do not take Amlor if your are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to get pregnant. Discuss your medical history with your doctor and discuss any other medications you may be taking, including over-the-counter drugs, to avoid drug interactions. Patients over 65 years old may be more prone to experiencing side effects such as swollen feet and ankles, muscle cramps and dizziness. Report any of these signs to your doctor.