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Drug Information for ATECARD AM Tablet 14's

What is ATECARD AM Tablet used for?

ATECARD AM Tablet is used in the treatment of:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure), not controlled with a single drug;
  • Angina (chest pain) co-existing with hypertension;
  • Post myocardial infection;
  • Refractory Angina (difficult to treat angina, where nitrate therapy has failed.

ATECARD AM Tablet may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

How does ATECARD AM Tablet work?

  • Amlodipine Besylate belongs to a group of medicines known as calcium channel blockers. Amlodipine Besylate prevents the calcium from moving into the blood vessel wall thereby preventing tightening of blood vessel walls. This reduces the blood pressure and improves symptoms of chest pain.
  • Atenolol belongs to a group of medicines known as beta-blockers. Atenolol blocks the action some natural chemicals in the body (epinephrine) on the heart and blood vessels, thereby lowering the heart rate, blood pressure and the strain on the heart.

ATECARD AM Tablet have an additive effect in reducing blood pressure.

How to take ATECARD AM Tablet?

  • The dosage of oral tablet of ATECARD AM Tablet depends on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take ATECARD AM Tablet as prescribed by your doctor.
  • You are advised to take the tablet with meals to avoid gastric discomfort.
  • Take your daily dose at same time.
  • Do not take ATECARD AM Tablet with antacids, iron preparations or dairy products.
  • Do not discontinue the medication without consulting a doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of ATECARD AM Tablet, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

If you have taken an overdose of ATECARD AM Tablet, please contact your doctor immediately. Symptom of overdose of ATECARD AM Tablet is hypotension (low blood pressure)

What are the drugs that interact with ATECARD AM Tablet?

Drugs that interact with ATECARD AM Tablet:

  • Ampicillin
  • Clonidine
  • Disopyramide
  • Guanethidine
  • Indomethicin
  • Insulin
  • Isoprenaline
  • Oral anti-diabetic drugs
  • Phenytoin
  • Quinidine, Procainamide, Lignocaine
  • Reserpine
  • Verapamil

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of ATECARD AM Tablet?

Most common side effects of ATECARD AM Tablet are:

  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Anxiety
  • Headache
  • Palpitation
  • Swelling of ankles, feet, legs, hands or arms
  • Flushing
  • Depression

Please stop your tablets and contact your physician immediately if you have

  • angioneurotic oedema (red, burning, itching areas on skin near eyes, lips, hands, feet and inside of throat, hoarseness of voice, difficulty in breathing);
  • fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, dry skin, weight gain, puffy face, hoarseness, muscle weakness, depression (symptoms of hyperthyroidism (increased production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland));
  • Dizziness, blurring of vision, sweating, difficulty sleeping, skin tingling, feeling hungry, sudden nervousness, fainting, loss of consciousness, seizures, coma (symptoms of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar)).

This is not a comprehensive list of side effects. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking ATECARD AM Tablet?

  • Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on ATECARD AM Tablet.
  • ATECARD AM Tablet may cause excessive drop in blood pressure in elderly people. Amlodipine may cause dizziness. If you are getting up from sitting or lying down position, do it slowly.

You are advised not to take ATECARD AM Tablet if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.
  • you have respiratory obstruction.
  • you have cardiogenic shock.

What should you tell your doctor before taking ATECARD AM Tablet?

Tell your doctor if

  • you are allergic to ATECARD AM Tablet or to any ingredients of this medicine.
  • you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • you have second degree or third degree heart block.
  • you have low heart rate.
  • you have heart failure.
  • you have low blood pressure.
  • you have severe peripheral vascular disease.
  • you have liver disease.
  • you have sick sinus syndrome.
  • you are planning a surgery or any procedure.
  • you are pregnant or trying to conceive or are breastfeeding.

What should you do when you have taken an overdose of ATECARD AM Tablet?

If you have taken an overdose of ATECARD AM Tablet, please contact your doctor immediately. Symptom of overdose of ATECARD AM Tablet is hypotension (low blood pressure)

Frequently Asked questions about ATECARD AM Tablet

  1. How should ATECARD AM Tablet be stored?
  2. ATECARD AM Tablet should be stored below 25°C in a cool, dry place. Keep the medicine away from sunlight and do not freeze the medicine. Keep the medicine out of reach from children.

  3. Can I drive while taking ATECARD AM Tablet?

  4. ATECARD AM Tablet causes drowsiness, dizziness and headache in some individuals. Avoid driving if you are taking ATECARD AM Tablet.

  5. Should I follow any special dietary instructions while taking ATECARD AM Tablet?

  6. Do not take grapefruit or grapefruit juice while taking ATECARD AM Tablet as it will cause more decline of your blood pressure. Apart from this, you can have a normal diet.

  7. Is ATECARD AM Tablet addictive?
  8. No, ATECARD AM Tablet is not addictive. But, do not take it without consulting your doctor.


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