Generic Name: amlodipine/olmesartan (am-LOE-di-peen/OL-me-SAR-tan)
Brand Name: Azor
Amlodipine/olmesartan may cause birth defects, or fetal or newborn death if you take it while you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. If you are planning to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about other treatment options.
Amlodipine/olmesartan is used for:
Treating high blood pressure. It may be used alone or with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Amlodipine/olmesartan is a calcium channel blocker and angiotensin II receptor blocker combination. It works by relaxing the blood vessels.
Do NOT use amlodipine/olmesartan if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in amlodipine/olmesartan
- you are pregnant
- you are also taking aliskiren and you have either diabetes or kidney problems
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using amlodipine/olmesartan:
Some medical conditions may interact with amlodipine/olmesartan. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are able to become pregnant
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you are dehydrated, have low blood volume or blood electrolyte problems (eg, high blood potassium levels, low blood sodium levels), or are on a low-salt (sodium) diet
- if you have a history of gallbladder, liver, or kidney problems; low blood pressure; blood vessel problems; diabetes; or heart problems (eg, heart failure, angina, narrowing of heart blood vessels)
- if you have a history of a stroke or heart attack
- if you are on dialysis or will be having surgery
- if you are taking another medicine for blood pressure or heart problems
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with amlodipine/olmesartan. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide) or sildenafil because the risk of low blood pressure may be increased
- Potassium-sparing diuretics (eg, triamterene) or potassium supplements because the risk of high blood potassium levels may be increased
- ACE inhibitors (eg, lisinopril) or aliskiren because the risk of certain side effects (eg, kidney problems, high blood potassium levels, low blood pressure) may be increased
- Azole antifungals (eg, itraconazole, ketoconazole), conivaptan, diltiazem, or protease inhibitors (eg, ritonavir, telaprevir) because they may increase the risk of amlodipine/olmesartan's side effects
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, celecoxib, ibuprofen) because they may decrease amlodipine/olmesartan's effectiveness and the risk of serious kidney problems may be increased
- Lithium or simvastatin because the risk of their side effects may be increased by amlodipine/olmesartan
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if amlodipine/olmesartan may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use amlodipine/olmesartan:
Use amlodipine/olmesartan as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take amlodipine/olmesartan by mouth with or without food.
- If you also take colesevelam, take it at least 4 hours after you take amlodipine/olmesartan.
- Take amlodipine/olmesartan on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Taking amlodipine/olmesartan at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
- Continue to take amlodipine/olmesartan even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of amlodipine/olmesartan, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use amlodipine/olmesartan.
Important safety information:
- Amlodipine/olmesartan may cause dizziness or drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use amlodipine/olmesartan with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Amlodipine/olmesartan may cause dizziness, light-headedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
- It may take up to 2 weeks to get the full benefit from amlodipine/olmesartan. Do not stop using amlodipine/olmesartan without checking with your doctor.
- A certain bowel problem has happened in some patients taking amlodipine/olmesartan. This has happened within months to years after amlodipine/olmesartan was started. Contact your doctor right away if you experience severe or persistent diarrhea, or sudden or unexplained weight loss.
- Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms.
- Check with your doctor before you use a salt substitute or a product that has potassium in it.
- If vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive sweating occur, you will need to take care not to become dehydrated. This could increase your risk of low blood pressure. Contact your doctor for instructions.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take amlodipine/olmesartan before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about all of your blood pressure medicines and how to use them. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any blood pressure medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
- Lab tests, including blood pressure, kidney function, and blood electrolyte levels, may be performed while you use amlodipine/olmesartan. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use amlodipine/olmesartan with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Amlodipine/olmesartan should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Amlodipine/olmesartan may cause birth defects or fetal or newborn death if you take it while you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if amlodipine/olmesartan is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking amlodipine/olmesartan.
Possible side effects of amlodipine/olmesartan:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; light-headedness; numbness of an arm or leg; severe or persistent dizziness; severe or persistent muscle pain or aches; shortness of breath; sudden, severe headache or vomiting; sudden, unexplained weight gain; sudden vision changes; swelling of the feet, ankles, or hands; yellowing of the eyes or skin.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include fainting; fast or slow heartbeat; severe dizziness or light-headedness.Proper storage of amlodipine/olmesartan:
Store amlodipine/olmesartan at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep amlodipine/olmesartan out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about amlodipine/olmesartan, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Amlodipine/olmesartan is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take amlodipine/olmesartan or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about amlodipine/olmesartan. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to amlodipine/olmesartan. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using amlodipine/olmesartan.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.