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Does amlodipine cause weight gain?

Medically reviewed by Carmen Pope, BPharm. Last updated on May 17, 2022.

Official answer


Weight gain has been reported by some people taking amlodipine but this is not a common side effect and some people have also reported weight loss. Weight gain with amlodipine may also be a symptom of edema, which is when you retain fluid, which may be particularly noticeable around your ankles or lower legs. The risk of edema with amlodipine is greater in women compared with men and in those people taking a higher dosage of amlodipine, and edema is usually noticed as weight gain.

Weight gain is more likely with some other blood pressure medications, such as beta-blockers (examples include atenolol, propranolol, and metoprolol).

  • Amlodipine [Package insert]. Updated 03/2022. EXELAN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

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