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Calcium channel blocker
Cats and dogs
May Be Prescribed by Veterinarians for:
Dogs: Hypertension, refractory heart failure
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Amlodipine is considered a very successful first-line treatment for systemic hypertension in the cat. Common causes of systemic hypertension in cats include kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, cardiomyopathy, and diabetes. Some clinicians prefer to use amlodipine with ACE-inhibitor drugs in cats with renal disease because of the potential for glomerular damage. Amlodipine therapy has been shown to decrease proteinuria in the majority (69%) of cats with chronic renal disease.
Amlodipine is used in the treatment of dogs with congestive heart failure, mitral valve regurgitation, and systemic hypertension due to chronic renal disease. Systemic arterial hypertension is a frequent complication of chronic renal disease in dogs. ACE inhibitor drugs are usually the drug of choice for hypertension in the dog, and amlodipine is added as needed.
She began to develop her interest in client education and medical writing in 1997. Recent publications include portions of The Pill Book Guide to Medication for Your Dog and Cat, and most recently Understanding Equine Medications published by the Bloodhorse.
Dr. Forney is an FEI veterinarian and an active member of the AAEP, AVMA, and AMWA.
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