I am on 5 mg amlodipine a day at present for mild hypertension. My blood pressure is now quite low and I think I am being slightly over medicated on this dose. Is it acceptable to cut the dosage by taking 5 mg on alternate days so that the effective dose would become 2. 5 mg? Is this an acceptable way of reducing the dose?
This is a great question and I'm also wondering because my doctor recently told me to cut my Amlodipine in half but they don't split well. I've thought about taking this approach.
Since posting this, I decided to try cutting the tablets in half as a way of reducing the dose. The tablets I am given (by the NHS in UK) have a deep line through the centre and they cut in half reasonably well. So I have been taking the half tablets now for a couple of weeks and my BP has hardly gone up at all. It is usually around 120 over 75. Incidentally, most of the undesirable side effects from Amlodipine have now greatly reduced, thank goodness (i.e. tiredness, massive loss of libido, leg aches with brisk walking, and general lack of get up and go!) .
- Amlodipine Information for Consumers
- Amlodipine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amlodipine (detailed)
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