Amlodipine besylate is used in cats for the treatment of systemic hypertension (high blood pressure). Although Amlodipine besylate is not FDA-approved for use in veterinary medicine, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for cats. Amlodipine requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per tablet.
Amlodipine is known as a calcium-channel blocker. It works by blocking the calcium needed for muscle contraction. Amlodipine works primarily on the arterial muscles to relax them so they can dilate and the blood pressure decreases.
Notify your doctor if your cat has liver problems before administering this medication. Amlodipine should not be used in pregnant or lactating animals. In rare instances, Amlodipine is used in dogs. If used in a dog, this medication may also cause the blood to take longer to clot.
Amlodipine besylate is a prescription medication not FDA approved for veterinary use; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in cats. Amlodipine besylate is available as 2.5mg tablets. The usual dose to treat systemic hypertension is 0.625mg (1/4 of a 2.5mg tablet) by mouth once a day.
Amlodipine besylate is a calcium channel blocker. Calcium channel blockers affect the heart and blood vessels. Amlodipine besylate is used to treat certain high blood pressure especially in cats with kidney disease. Amlodipine besylate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has heart disease, or liver disease. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or nursing.
Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Amlodipine besylate can be given with food. Do not stop giving amlodipine besylate. A missed dose can result in a sudden rise in blood pressure which can lead to blindness, kidney damage, seizures, or collapse. Store amlodipine besylate at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.
Give the missed dose as soon as you remember during the same day. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.
Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of amlodipine besylate overdose include staggering due to dizziness, collapse, or slow heart rate.
Amlodipine besylate should not be used in animals allergic to it. Use amlodipine besylate with caution in animals with heart failure or liver disease. Do not use in breeding, pregnant, or nursing females. Do not use in breeding males.
For dogs and cats, if any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving amlodipine besylate and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives). In cats side effects are rare but may include drowsiness, loss of appetite, weight loss, swelling of the gums, or rapid heart rate. In dogs, may also cause the blood to take longer to clot. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), diuretics (furosemide, Salix), beta blockers (atenolol), and other blood pressure medications. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with amlodipine besylate. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins, and supplements.
Your pharmacist has additional information about Amlodipine besylate written for health professionals that you may read. Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
The medication can be given with food.
Store this product at room temperature.