Levamlodipine is used on its own or together with other medicines to keep your blood pressure under control. It relaxes your blood vessels, and this helps to lower your blood pressure.
This medicine may also be used to treat chest pain.
Take Levamlodipine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Levamlodipine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- heart failure (weakness and inability of the heart to pump blood)
- severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the heart valves)
- hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (abnormally thick heart muscle)
- severe obstructive coronary artery disease (narrowing of the blood vessels of the heart)
- liver disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Levamlodipine to a child or the elderly. Children and elderly people may be more sensitive to the side effects.
If you are going to have certain laboratory tests (e.g. aldosterone/renin ratio), inform your doctor that you are taking this medicine.
Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. Your blood pressure may rise to unsafe levels without you noticing it. Monitor your blood pressure and pulse rate regularly during treatment.
What lifestyle changes can I make to improve my blood pressure?
Regular exercise and eating a healthy diet will help control your blood pressure and improve your overall health. Engage in physical activity like walking for at least 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week. If you have not exercised for a long time, start with light exercises such as slow walks. Speak to your doctor about what type of exercise would be suitable for you. Follow a healthy diet plan by eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products and reduce your intake of foods high in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Cutting down on deep-fried foods and using less salt when cooking can kick-start your healthy diet.
If you smoke, you should try to quit. Smoking is harmful to your blood pressure, heart and overall health. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about ways to stop your smoking habit.
Levamlodipine may cause any of the following side effects: dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, stomach pain, tiredness, and feeling hot or warm in the face.
This medicine may also cause swelling of the legs, ankles or feet. To reduce swelling in the ankles or feet, elevate your legs by putting a pillow under your feet when lying down.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- fainting or lightheadedness
- worsening chest pain
- shortness of breath
- fast or irregular heartbeat
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking or using any of these medicines:
- cholesterol-lowering medicines e.g. simvastatin, lovastatin
- medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. ciclosporin, tacrolimus
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Levamlodipine.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Cut down on your salt intake. This may help lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health. Discuss with your doctor or dietitian about ways to cut down on your salt intake.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.