Does amlodipine used in varicose veins disease and what is the mechanisim of action?
Question posted by hanaa alasaad on 7 Aug 2011
Last updated on 8 August 2011 by Rajive Goel
Amlodipine is in a group of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Amlodipine relaxes (widens) blood vessels and improves blood flow.
Amlodipine is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) or chest pain (angina) and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease.
Amlodipine is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. The drug helps slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and into the blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the vessels, which allows better blood flow and causes lower blood pressure. It also makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
There are two basic types of calcium channel blockers: dihydropyridine and non-dihydropyridine. The most important difference between the two types is that non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers can slow the heart rate, while dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers do not. Amlodipine is a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, which means that it does not have an effect on the heart rate.
Haven't heard to amlopdipine being used for varicose veins, please do seek advice from a cardiologist.
Take care, be well & safe, please.
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