What is Amlodipine?
Amlodipine (also known as Novasc) is an effective high blood pressure treatment, but it can also be used for angina and coronary artery disease.
How does Amlodipine work?
Amlodipine is a type of medication known as a calcium channel blocker. Calcium channel blockers work by relaxing and widening your blood vessels, so the blood can flow more easily. This means that the blood is under less pressure inside the blood vessels. If you have high blood pressure, it is important that you take medication to manage it, as it can reduce your chances of stroke, heart disease and other conditions.
How long does Amlodipine take to work?
Amlodipine will start to lower blood pressure is about 24 to 48 hours after the first dose. The effect of each dose will last at least 24 hours. If you have been on Amlodipine for a long time, the effect will last several days after stopping the medication.
How effective is Amlodipine?
The effect of Amlodipine upon blood pressure varies from person to person, however, people who had a higher blood pressures to begin with have a 50% greater response than people who have close to normal blood pressure.