What Is It?: This medication works on the heart and blood vessels to help lower blood pressure. High blood pressure in animals can cause kidney damage and blindness. High blood pressure usually occurs more in cats than in dogs.
How To Use: The successful outcome of your animal’s treatment with this medication depends upon your commitment and ability to administer it exactly as the veterinarian has prescribed. Please do not skip doses or stop giving the medication. If you have difficulty giving doses consult your veterinarian or pharmacist who can offer administration techniques or change the dosage form to a type of medication that may be more acceptable to you and your animal. Some other drugs can interact with this medication so tell your veterinarian about any drugs or foods that you currently give your animal. Do not give new foods or medications without first asking your veterinarian. Amlodipine is usually given by mouth once daily. It can be given with food. You will need to take your pet back to the veterinarian for blood pressure checks and eye exams to make sure that the medication is working.
Possible Side Effects: Amlodipine does not have many side effects in animals. Headache is a common side effect when used in humans. This drug can also cause the blood to take longer to clot when used in dogs. For this reason, it should be used very carefully in combination with other drugs that thin the blood such as warfarin or aspirin.
Storage: Keep in the original container. Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Capsules and tablets may be stored at room temperature. Some liquids should be stored in the refrigerator (see the prescription label.) Store all medicines away from excess heat and moisture. Do NOT store in the bathroom.
Note: If you miss a dose give it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give a double dose to make up for the missed one.