How Does Amlodipine and Olmesartan Work?
(one of the components of amlodipine and olmesartan
) is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers
. Amlodipine helps to slow down the rate at which calcium
moves into your heart and blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the blood vessels, which improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure
. It also makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
The other component of amlodipine and olmesartan (olmesartan) belongs to a group of medications called angiotensin II receptor blockers (often referred to as "ARBs"). Angiotensin II is a very potent vasoconstrictor (which means that it causes blood vessels to narrow, which, in turn, increases blood pressure). Olmesartan works by blocking angiotensin II receptors, preventing angiotensin II from having an effect on the blood vessels. This helps the blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure.
Amlodipine and Olmesartan Effects
Studies have shown that amlodipine and olmesartan works better at lowering blood pressure
, compared to the individual components of amlodipine and olmesartan (amlodipine and olmesartan) taken separately. As would be expected, the higher doses of amlodipine and olmesartan lowered blood pressure more than lower doses of the medication.
When and How to Take Amlodipine and Olmesartan
Some general considerations for when and how to take amlodipine and olmesartan include the following:
- Amlodipine and olmesartan comes in the form of a tablet. It is taken by mouth, usually once daily.
- You can take amlodipine and olmesartan with or without food. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Be sure to take amlodipine and olmesartan at the same time each day in order to maintain an even level of the medication in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Amlodipine and olmesartan will not work if you stop taking it.