Amlodipine Besylate Side Effects

Want to kow about amlodipine besylate side eddects? Amlodipine besylate (Norvasc) is a drug that is used for coronary heart failure, some types of angina, and high blood pressure, but sometimes amlodipine besylate side effects can cause problems. Amlodipine allows better blood flow by slowing down the speed of calcium to your blood vessel walls and heart. It is classified as a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker which does not have an effect on the speed of your heart.

  1. Common Amlodipine Besylate Side Effects. During clinical trials where a group taking the medication was compared to those not taking the medicine, the following common side effects were observed in participants: edema (swelling or water retention) in 10.8 percent; heart palpitations in 4.5 percent; fatigue in 4.5 percent; dizziness in 3.4 percent; nausea in 2.9 percent; flushing, especially of the face, in 2.6 percent; stomach or abdominal pain in 1.6 percent; and, drowsiness in 1.4 percent.
  2. Serious Side Effects of Amlodipine Besylate.  If any of the following side effects are experienced, it is important to report them immediately to your healthcare provider. This is not a complete list, but the serious symptoms include the following: chest pain; arrhythmia (irregular heart beat); low blood pressure signs like dizziness, fainting, and lightheadedness; severe water retention and swelling; rapid weight gain; depression; anxiety; hyperglycemia (high blood sugar); and signs of an allergic reaction, such as rash, itching, hives, wheezing, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or unexplained swelling.
  3. Rare Amlodipine Besylate Side Effects. Approximately one percent of the people may experience rare side effects. This is only a partial list, but these are some of the rare side effects: tremor (shakiness); loss of appetite; difficulty swallowing; vomiting; back pain; hot flashes; weight gain; tinnitus (ringing in the ears); dry mouth; insomnia; vertigo; constipation or diarrhea; thirst; or sexual problems (impotence). If you experience any of these side effects, contact your doctor immediately.


  • Reporting Side Effects. If you experience any of the serious or rare side effects you should notify your doctor immediately. When you first take a new medication no one can determine exactly what, if any, side effects there will be. When taking any new medication, if you experience any of the serious allergic side effects  like difficulty breathing, get a rash or hives, start wheezing, or have trouble swallowing, go to the emergency room immediately.
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