- Drug Name: Amlodipine Besylate
- Common Name: Norvasc
- Generics: Yes
- Drug Type: Calcium Channel Blocker
- Used For: Hypertension
- Species: Dogs, Cats
- Administered: Oral
- How Dispensed: Prescription Only
- Available Forms: 2.5mg, 5mg
- FDA Approved: Yes
Amlodipine Besylate is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), especially in cats with kidney disease.
Dosage and Administration
Amlodipine Besylate should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions.
It is important doses are not missed, as a missed dose can result in a sudden rise in blood pressure which could lead to blindness, kidney damage, seizures or collapse. If a dose of Amlodipine Besylate is missed, give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular schedule. Do not give two doses at one time.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects from Amlodipine Besylate could include but are not limited to:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Rapid heart rate
- Swelling of the gums
Please contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice any side effects.
Do not use in animals that are allergic to Amlodipine Besylate or in breeding, pregnant or lactating females and breeding males. Use with caution in animals with heart failure or liver disease and do not miss any doses, as a missed dose could result in a sudden rise in blood pressure, which can cause adverse reactions.
Amlodipine Besylate should be stored between 68-77oF (20-25°C). Do not store in direct sunlight or within a child’s reach.
When using Amlodipine Besylate, please consult your veterinarian about any other medications you are currently giving your pet, including supplements, as interaction could occur. When using with aspirin, diuretics (e.g., Furosemide/Salix), certain beta-blocker heart medications (e.g., Propanolol or Atenolol) or other medications that lower blood pressure, please be sure to consult with your veterinarian as interactions may occur.
Signs of Toxicity/Overdose
Overdose of Amlodipine Besylate may cause:
- Dizziness or staggering
- Slow heart rate
If you suspect or know you pet has had an overdose, please contact your veterinarian, an emergency vet clinic or the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 213-6680 immediately.