Amlodopine besylate is a calcium channel blocking agent used to manage high blood pressure in dogs and cats. This product may be given once a day (usually) with or without food. Your veterinarian will want to recheck your pet periodically to ensure this medication is achieving the desired result.
Dogs & Cats
Used to treat high blood pressure in cats (systolic blood pressure exceeding 160 mmHg) and used to decrease blood pressure in dogs with chronic kidney disease.
Side effects may include loss of appetite, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate,lethargy, weight loss, or gum swelling. Notify your veterinarian if side effects appear and remain troublesome.
Other side effects may occur, if you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Amlodipine besylate may be given with or without food.
Give medication as directed by your veterinarian.
This medication is usually given once a day.
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
Ideally, give the medication at the same time daily.
Call ahead for refills.
Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet. Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. This drug can be given with other drugs but it is used with care with other drugs that drop blood pressure: fentanyl, diuretics (furosemide), ACE inhibitors (enalapril), or beta-blockers (propranolol) and with drugs that thin the blood (warfarin, aspirin).
Missing even one dose can lead to a significant rise in blood pressure, which could lead to other serious health issues. If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
Increased caution should be implemented for patients with liver disease and heart failure. Breeding, pregnant, or nursing pets should not take this medication.