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Take Amlodipine. Are there any diet supplements that would get along well with it?

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I take 10 mg of Amlodipine daily. Are there any diet supplements or teas, etc. that would get along well with it?
Posted Mon, 2 Sep 2013 in Medicines and Side Effects
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 2 hours later
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there are some precautions

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Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

The majority of teas,supplements and foods can be used with amlodipine but there are a few precautions.

It should not be used with grapefruit juice because the juice increase the absorption of the medication and therefore increases the risk of side effects.

Some calcium supplements such as calcium carbonate can also decrease the effectiveness of the medication so you should check for this ingredient in your supplement.

There is thought to be some interaction between this medication and pleurisy root and ginseng.

There are no known interactions with other supplements or teas, you can use any tea or supplement not mentioned above.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Follow-up: Take Amlodipine. Are there any diet supplements that would get along well with it? 3 hours later
I understand hibiscus is good for BP. Is that safe with Amlodipine?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
it would have an additive lowering effect

Detailed Answer:
Hi

In terms of hibiscus tea, there is no specific effect or interaction with amlodipine compared with other blood pressure medications.

SInce hibiscus can potentially lower the blood pressure, it is possible that if used with another agent that lowers the pressure (such as amlodipine), the blood pressure can be lowered more than expected.
YOu would have to monitor the pressure to ensure that it does not fall too low, it is a small risk but you may want to consider it.

It may be best to obtain a home monitor at one of your local pharmacies.

Please feel free to ask any additional questions
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Thank you, Doctor.
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 4 minutes later
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you're welcome

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Please feel entirely free to contact if you have any additional queries regarding this or anything else
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