Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker used to treat high blood pressure in dogs and cats. In cats it is used mainly to treat systemic hypertension and lessen the risk of heart failure. In dogs it is used mainly to treat hypertension.
It is also prescribed to treat cats suffering from diabetes, kidney disease, and hyperthyroidism, to help prevent damage to the kidneys and brain. It can be combined with ACE inhibitors and other beta-blockers.
Amlodipine allows the blood vessels to relax, providing overall better blood flow, by slowing down the rate at which calcium moves into the heart and blood vessel walls. This medication makes it easier for the heart to pump blood through the body, therefore lowering your pets blood pressure.
It takes a few hours for the effects of amlodipine to be noticed. The absorption of the drug is not affected by food, therefore it can be taken with or without a meal. Effective treatment can lessen the risk of damage to the brain, eyes, heart, and kidneys. If not treated, hypertension can lead to a stroke, blindness, detached retinas, and kidney failure.
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Amlodipine compounded oral liquid is given by mouth in liquid form once daily with or without food. If your pet vomits after dosing it on an empty stomach, try giving future doses with food. The effects should be noticeable within 1 to 2 hours.
This medication should be given just as your veterinarian prescribes. It must be measured carefully, and it's best to use the syringe provided to ensure you are able to give the proper dosage required. After dosing your pet, rinse and dry the syringe, and screw the cap tightly onto the bottle.
Amlodipine is a prescription medication for treating hypertension in cats and dogs. If you have difficulty giving it to your pet, contact your veterinarian for some helpful tips. We recommend washing your hands with soap and water after handling any medication.
Possible Side Effects
Amlodipine compounded oral liquid is generally safe, however, the most common side effects can include drowsiness, diarrhea, vomiting, and lack of appetite. In dogs, overgrowth of gums can occur.
Allergic reactions can include swelling of the face, itching, vomiting, pale gums, diarrhea, or signs of a shock.
Contact your veterinarian immediately if these side effects or allergic reactions continue or become more severe.
Drug & Food Interactions
Drug Interactions: If your pet is on any of the following medications you should use amlodipine with caution:
- Clopidogrel When combined may decrease the antithrombotic effect of clopidogrel.
- Cyclosporine When combined may increase cyclosporine levels.
- CYP3A4 Strong Inhibitors (e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole, grapefruit juice) When combined amlodipine levels may be increased.
- CYP3A4 Inducers(e.g. rifampin): When combined amlodipine levels may be decreased.
- Negative Chronotropes (e.g. atenolol, diltiazem): When combined may reduce cardiac rate and contractility.
- TacrolimusWhen combined amlodipine may increase tacrolimus levels.
- Hypotensive Agents When combined may have additive blood pressure lowering effects.
Amlodipine should not be given to pets that are hypersensitive to it, have liver disease, or are breeding. It should not be given to animals that are pregnant.
Your veterinarian will likely monitor your pet for blood pressure levels every few weeks, to make sure the medication is working and if needed adjust the dose. They will also conduct eye exams to check for retinal hemorrhages or detachment. In cats with chronic kidney disease, potassium will be monitored.
Your veterinarian will need to see your pet regularly to make sure that the medication is working properly, it is important to attend all follow up visits.
Amlodipine compounded oral liquid is given to your pet by mouth with or without food daily and can take effect in about 1 to 2 hours. If vomiting occurs when given on an empty stomach, give future doses with food. Exact instructions will be prescribed by your veterinarian.
Amlodipine compounded oral liquid should be stored at room temperatures from 68° - 77°F with the cap tightly closed, and away from light, moisture, heat, or humidity.
Amlodipine compounded oral liquid should be given orally once a day, every 24 hours with or without food. The exact amlodipine dosage for dogs and cats will be prescribed by your veterinarian.
It is important to keep on schedule and not miss a dose. If a dose is missed your pets blood pressure can suddenly rise causing an increased risk for seizures, kidney damage or blindness. Do not double the next dose if this happens, two doses should never be given at the same time.
What if I miss giving my pet a dose?
If you miss a dose, give the next dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the following dose, then continue with the next scheduled one and skip the missed dose. Do not give a double dose to catch up or make up for a missed dose.
What is Amlodipine?
Amlodipine is the generic medication for the brand name Norvasc. It is a calcium channel blocker used to treat high blood pressure and is available in tablet form or compounded liquid.
What is amlodipine for dogs?
Amlodipine is used to treat dogs and cats with hypertension, diabetes, and congestive heart failure. Effective treatment can lessen the risk of damage to the brain, eyes, heart, and kidneys. If not treated, hypertension can lead to stroke, blindness, detached retinas, and kidney failure.
How long does it take for amlodipine to work?
Amlodipine can start to show some effects within 1-2 hours of dosage, but its full effects can take 3-4 weeks.
Is amlodipine safe for dogs?
Yes, it is. Amlodipine is safe for use in both dogs and cats. This medication can help reduce hypertension and lessen the risk of further complications caused by high blood pressure.
Can amlodipine hurt a dog?
Amlodipine cannot hurt a dog, but it can cause various side effects. Pet owners should monitor all adverse effects such as gum overgrowth, a very low or very fast heart rate, weakness, limb swelling or bleeding. If you notice any of these serious side effects, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What is the amlodipine dose for dogs?
Amlodipine is dosed once a day by mouth in the form of a tablet or compounded liquid. The exact dosage for your dog or cat will be prescribed by your veterinarian.
Where to buy amlodipine for dogs?
You can buy amlodipine for dogs and cats online at ExpressVet Pharmacy. Once ordered your prescription will be conveniently shipped to your home within 1 to 2 business days.
Do I need a prescription for amlodipine?
Yes, a prescription is required for amlodipine and your veterinarian will be able to provide it for your pet.
What are the side effects of amlodipine in dogs?
Adverse effects in dogs are rare however can include vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, increased heart rate or swelling of the gums.
What if my pet overdoses?
If you know or suspect that your pet experienced an overdose, call veterinary services immediately or a 24-hour poison consultation center should be contacted. Signs of an overdose can include panting, vomiting, tremors, vocalization, and increased heart rate.
What is compounding?
Compounding is a method of preparing individualized prescription medications by licensed pharmacists. Compounding allows the practitioner, the pharmacist, and the pet owner to collaborate to create custom dosages, flavors, and dosage forms for pets to easily, safely, and effectively take their medication. Often pet owners struggle to give oral tablets which is why ExpressVet offers compounded oral liquids, transdermal gels, capsules, and treats to make taking care of your pet easy.
How do I order a compounded prescription medication for my pet?
- Sign in to your existing ExpressVet account, or create a new account.
- Select the item or item(s) you are requesting and add to your cart
- Add your pet’s information and your vet’s information.
- If you are a returning customer, you will see your previous choices available or you can add as new.
- Let us know if you want us to request a prescription from your veterinarian, or if you would like to mail in a prescription.
- Complete your billing, shipping, and payment information at checkout to complete your order.
Do all compounded medications require a prescription?
Yes, all compounded medications require a prescription. Express Vet Pharmacy is happy to request a prescription order from your veterinarian, but all prescription orders must be accompanied by a patient-specific prescription from a licensed veterinarian before an order can be shipped out.
Where is Express Vet licensed to dispense veterinary prescription medications?
We are licensed in 38 states. Alaska (AK), Arizona (AZ), California (CA), Colorado (CO), Connecticut (CT), Delaware (DE), Florida (FL), Hawaii (HI), Illinois (IL), Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Kentucky (KY), Massachusetts (MA) ,Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN), Missouri (MO), Montana (MT), Nebraska (NE), Nevada (NV), New Jersey (NJ), New Mexico (NM), New York (NY), North Dakota (ND), Ohio (OH), Oregon (OR), Pennsylvania (PA), Rhode Island (RI), South Dakota (SD), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Utah (UT), Vermont (VT), Virginia (VA), Washington (WA), West Virginia (WV), and Wisconsin (WI)
Where does ExpressVet source the ingredients for compounding?
All ingredients for compounding are from FDA registered manufacturers and distributors.
How long does it take to process my prescription after the pharmacy receives it?
Once the pharmacy receives authorization to dispense from your veterinarian, compounded medications are prepared and shipped out within 1 to 2 business days.