FAQs ABOUT ESAM
What is ESAM and why is it given?
ESAM contains S-Amlodipine which is used in the treatment of essential hypertension (high blood pressure that is not caused by any other condition is called essential hypertension) and angina pectoris (chest pain).
Is ESAM safe in pregnant women?
ESAM is only recommended for use in pregnant women when there is no safer alternative and when the disease itself carries greater risk for the mother and the baby. If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or planning to get pregnant, consult your doctor before taking this medicine. Inform your doctor immediately if you become pregnant during treatment with ESAM.
Can ESAM be taken by patients with heart disease?
ESAM is not recommended for use in patients with severe hypotension (low blood pressure), shock including cardiogenic shock (life threatening condition caused by the sudden drop in blood flow through the body), blood flow obstruction to left ventricle (Ex. high grade aortic stenosis), haemodynamically unstable heart failure after heart attack and it should be used with caution in patients with congestive heart failure. Consult your doctor for advice before taking ESAM.
Does ESAM cause skin rash?
Yes, ESAM may cause skin rash in some people. Try to avoid hot showers because it may cause skin irritation. Avoid frequent contact and rubbing over the affected area. Use sunscreen and protective clothing when going outdoors. If this symptom does not get better, consult your doctor for advice.
What are the common side effects of ESAM?
The common side effects of taking ESAM are somnolence (over sleepiness), dizziness, headache, visual disturbance including double vision, palpitation, flushing, shortness of breath, stomach pain, nausea, indigestion, altered bowel habits (diarrhoea and constipation), muscle cramps, weakness, reduced muscle strength, fluid retention and ankle swelling.
Can I take other medicines with ESAM?
Before taking ESAM inform your doctor if you are taking, have taken, or might take any other medicine, including prescription, over the counter or any herbal medicine, as these might cause serious unusual effect by interacting with each other.