Amlodipine is a popular drug for hypertension and chest pain (angina), but there are several alternative medications a doctor can prescribe instead. There are a wide variety of blood pressure medications other than the ones listed below.
Potential Alternatives for Amlodipine
Losartan is an angiotensin II (a vessel-constricting hormone) receptor blocker that can be used to treat hypertension. While amlodipine appears more effective at lowering high blood pressure, losartan may be preferable in people who are allergic to amlodipine.
Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril)
Lisinopril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor that can be used to lower blood pressure. It may be a good alternative for people who are allergic or sensitive to amlodipine, and for people who are at increased risk of heart attack or heart failure. Lisinopril may also be a good alternative for people with kidney disease or diabetes since it can protect kidney function.
Barnidipine is another type of calcium channel blocker that can help lower high blood pressure. A 2017 study published in High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention found that barnidipine is an effective treatment option for managing mild to moderate hypertension in people who are allergic to or unable to tolerate amlodipine.