What is amlodipine oral tablet?
If you have certain heart conditions, your doctor may prescribe amlodipine oral tablet for you.
It’s a prescription drug that’s used to treat high blood pressure in adults and some children. It’s also used to treat coronary artery disease (CAD) in adults. (CAD prevents your arteries from supplying enough blood to your heart. And this can lead to angina, which is a type of chest pain.)
For high blood pressure and CAD, you may take amlodipine oral tablets with other drugs.
To learn more about these conditions and how amlodipine is used to treat them, see the “What is amlodipine oral tablet used for?” section below.
Amlodipine oral tablet contains the active drug amlodipine besylate. This drug is classified as a calcium channel blocker.
You’ll take amlodipine oral tablets by mouth.
Note: Amlodipine also comes as an oral suspension (a type of liquid mixture). But only the oral tablet is described in this article. If you’d like to learn about amlodipine’s other form, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Amlodipine oral tablet is a generic medication. But it is also available in a brand-name version called Norvasc.
Note: The oral suspension form of amlodipine has another brand-name drug version. To learn about this other version, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Amlodipine oral tablet is a generic drug, which means it’s an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. The brand-name medication that amlodipine oral tablet is based on is called Norvasc.
Generic drugs are thought to be as safe and effective as the brand-name drug they’re based on. In general, generics usually cost less than brand-name drugs.
If you’d like to know more about using Norvasc instead of amlodipine oral tablet, talk with your doctor. And see this Healthline article to learn more about the differences between generic and brand-name drugs.