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Healthcare providers typically recommend the use of aliskiren/amlodipine when a person's high blood pressure is not adequately controlled with either of these medications alone or when the chance of side effects needs to be diminished. The active ingredients in the drug work together to lower blood pressure better than when they are used alone. At this time, there are currently no off-label uses for this product.
An Introduction to Aliskiren/Amlodipine UsesAliskiren/amlodipine (Tekamlo™) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). As the name implies, it contains two different medications: amlodipine (Norvasc®) and aliskiren (Tekturna®). People who may benefit from using aliskiren/amlodipine include those who are:
- Not taking any blood pressure medications but who will likely need two medications to adequately treat their hypertension.
- Taking either aliskiren or amlodipine alone and their blood pressure is not adequately controlled.
- Already taking aliskiren or amlodipine and are experiencing problematic side effects related to the dose of the medication. Using the medications together may allow for a dose reduction, perhaps reducing the problematic side effects.
- Already taking both aliskiren and amlodipine and may want to switch to aliskiren/amlodipine for cost savings or to take fewer pills per day.
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example 120/80 (said aloud, this reading would be "120 over 80"). The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure.
High blood pressure is defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90 with multiple blood pressure readings, although many healthcare providers consider anything above 120/80 to be too high. A single blood pressure reading may point to a potential problem but is not enough to diagnose high blood pressure.
Based on clinical studies, aliskiren/amlodipine has been shown to significantly lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. By lowering blood pressure, it is assumed that aliskiren/amlodipine can decrease the risk of developing health problems that occur with long-term high blood pressure, such as a stroke, heart disease, or congestive heart failure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure).
This medication is not a cure for high blood pressure, however, and the condition will almost certainly return once you stop using aliskiren/amlodipine.