I am now 83. After some difficulty finding a medication which would reduce my blood pressure I was prescribed amlodipine besylate with excellent results. Initially 5 mg but I am now on the 10 mg tablet. I have been taking this medication for about 15 years but the doctor has now changed the prescription to amlodipine mesilate. I appreciate the besylate is more expensive but wish to know what medical difference this change might make please.
Amlodipine mesylate and amlodipine besylate are two drugs used to control high blood pressure and chest pain from angina. The chief and active molecule is amlodipine. Amlodipine besylate is one of the combinations of amlodipine with another salt to help in drug delivery, amlodipine mesylate is another. Amlodipine is never available alone, but always as its salt- besylate, maleate or mesylate.
There should be no difference in effect of either.
- Amlodipine Information for Consumers
- Amlodipine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amlodipine (detailed)
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