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Amlodipine and Valsartan (Amlodipine / Valsartan) - Summary




  • •When pregnancy is detected, discontinue Amlodipine and Valsartan as soon as possible. (5.1)
  • •Drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury and death to the developing fetus. (5.1)


Amlodipine and valsartan is a fixed combination of amlodipine and valsartan. Amlodipine and valsartan contains the besylate salt of amlodipine, a dihydropyridine calcium-channel blocker (CCB). Valsartan is a nonpeptide, orally active, and specific angiotensin II antagonist acting on the AT1 receptor subtype.


Amlodipine and valsartan is indicated for the treatment of hypertension, to lower blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure reduces the risk of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events, primarily strokes and myocardial infarctions. These benefits have been seen in controlled trials of antihypertensive drugs from a wide variety of pharmacologic classes, including amlodipine and the ARB class to which valsartan principally belongs. There are no controlled trials demonstrating risk reduction with amlodipine and valsartan.

Control of high blood pressure should be part of comprehensive cardiovascular risk management, including, as appropriate, lipid control, diabetes management, antithrombotic therapy, smoking cessation, exercise, and limited sodium intake. Many patients will require more than 1 drug to achieve blood pressure goals. For specific advice on goals and management, see published guidelines, such as those of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program’s Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC).

Numerous antihypertensive drugs, from a variety of pharmacologic classes and with different mechanisms of action, have been shown in randomized controlled trials to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and it can be concluded that it is blood pressure reduction, and not some other pharmacologic property of the drugs, that is largely responsible for those benefits. The largest and most consistent cardiovascular outcome benefit has been a reduction in the risk of stroke, but reductions in myocardial infarction and cardiovascular mortality also have been seen regularly.

Elevated systolic or diastolic pressure causes increased cardiovascular risk, and the absolute risk increase per mmHg is greater at higher blood pressures, so that even modest reductions of severe hypertension can provide substantial benefit. Relative risk reduction from blood pressure reduction is similar across populations with varying absolute risk, so the absolute benefit is greater in patients who are at higher risk independent of their hypertension (for example, patients with diabetes or hyperlipidemia), and such patients would be expected to benefit from more aggressive treatment to a lower blood pressure goal.

Some antihypertensive drugs have smaller blood pressure effects (as monotherapy) in black patients, and many antihypertensive drugs have additional approved indications and effects (e.g., on angina, heart failure, or diabetic kidney disease). These considerations may guide selection of therapy. Amlodipine and valsartan is indicated for the treatment of hypertension.

Amlodipine and valsartan may be used in patients whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled on either monotherapy.

Amlodipine and valsartan may also be used as initial therapy in patients who are likely to need multiple drugs to achieve their blood pressure goals.

The choice of amlodipine and valsartan as initial therapy for hypertension should be based on an assessment of potential benefits and risks including whether the patient is likely to tolerate the lowest dose of amlodipine and valsartan.

Patients with stage 2 hypertension (moderate or severe) are at a relatively higher risk for cardiovascular events (such as strokes, heart attacks, and heart failure), kidney failure and vision problems, so prompt treatment is clinically relevant. The decision to use a combination as initial therapy should be individualized and should be shaped by considerations such as baseline blood pressure, the target goal and the incremental likelihood of achieving goal with a combination compared to monotherapy. Individual blood pressure goals may vary based upon the patient’s risk.
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Published Studies Related to Amlodipine and Valsartan (Amlodipine / Valsartan)

Indirect treatment comparison between fixed-dose-combinations of amlodipine/losartan and amlodipine/valsartan in blood pressure control. [2014]
compared amlodipine/losartan with other FDCs... CONCLUSIONS: The BP lowering effect with amlodipine/losartan and

Efficacy and safety of a single-pill combination of amlodipine/valsartan in Asian hypertensive patients inadequately controlled with amlodipine monotherapy. [2010]
amlodipine in Asian hypertensive patients... CONCLUSION: The single-pill combination of amlodipine/valsartan was efficacious

Amlodipine/valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide: fixed-dose combination in hypertension. [2009]
Amlodipine/valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is a fixed-dose combination of the well established antihypertensive agents amlodipine (a calcium channel antagonist), valsartan (an angiotensin II receptor antagonist), and HCTZ (a thiazide diuretic). In patients with moderate or severe hypertension, triple combination therapy with amlodipine + valsartan + HCTZ produced significantly greater reductions from baseline in mean sitting systolic and diastolic BP (msSBP and msDBP) than either valsartan + HCTZ, amlodipine + HCTZ, or amlodipine + valsartan in a large, 8-week, randomized, double-blind, multinational, phase III trial...

Antihypertensive efficacy of olmesartan medoxomil or valsartan in combination with amlodipine: a review of factorial-design studies. [2009]
combinations by discussing similarly designed clinical trials... CONCLUSIONS: This review of published factorial-design studies showed that the

Efficacy and tolerability of amlodipine/valsartan combination therapy in hypertensive patients not adequately controlled on valsartan monotherapy. [2009]
alone... CONCLUSIONS: The combination of amlodipine/valsartan in this 8-week double-blind

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Clinical Trials Related to Amlodipine and Valsartan (Amlodipine / Valsartan)

CKD-330 Drug-Drug Interaction Study (Amlodipine) [Completed]
The purpose of this study is to evaluate a pharmacokinetic drug interaction and safety of Amlodipine between free combination of Amlodipine and Candesartan and Amlodipine monotherapy.

Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Aliskiren Alone and in Combination With Amlodipine in Essential Hypertension [Completed]
Evaluate the efficacy (blood pressure lowering effect) and safety of aliskiren alone and in combination with amlodipine in patients with essential hypertension.

Study to Determine the Bioequivalence of Two Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) Tablet Formulations of Amlodipine and Losartan FDC5/50 and FDC5/100 Under Fasting Conditions [Completed]
This is a three-period, three sequence, reference replicated, cross-over study to determine the bioequivalence of two amlodipine and losartan FDC tablet formulations FDC5/50 and FDC5/100 (GSK2944406; 5 mg amlodipine and 50 mg and 100 mg losartan) to reference amlodipine and losartan tablets co-administered in two groups enrolling 102 healthy adult male and female subjects under fasting conditions. A description of each treatment is provided below: A (Reference) = 1 x 5 mg amlodipine tablet and 1 x 50 mg losartan tablet. B (FDC5/50) = 1 x 5 mg amlodipine and 50 mg losartan tablet C (Reference) = 1 x 5 mg amlodipine tablet and 1 x 100 mg losartan tablet D (FDC5/100) = 1 x 5 mg amlodipine and100 mg losartan tablet The treatments will be administered in accordance with the randomisation schedule as. Group 1: A → A → B or A → B → A or B → A → A Group 2: C → C → D or C → D → C or D → C → C All subjects will attend a screening visit within 28 days of their first dosing period (Day 1). The baseline assessments will be conducted the day before the first dosing. In each treatment period, subjects will be admitted to the clinic in the evening before Day 1. All subjects will receive a single oral dose of amlodipine and losartan in the morning on Day 1. All the subjects will remain in the clinical unit until completion of all assessments at 24 hours post-dose on Day 2 including collection of the 24 hour post-dose PK sample. Subjects will return to the clinic for pharmacokinetic samples at 36, 48, 72 and 96 hours post-dose. The three treatment periods will be separated by a washout period of 10-17 days. Upon completion of the last dosing period, or early withdrawal, subjects will return to the clinical unit within 14-21 days for a follow up visit.

Drug-drug Interaction Study(CKD-501, Amlodipine) [Completed]
The purpose of this study is to assess the pharmacokinetic drug interaction between CKD-501 and amlodipine after oral administration in healthy male volunteers.

Study of the Efficacy and Safety of LCZ696 Alone and in Combination With Amlodipine in Patients With Hypertension [Withdrawn]
To evaluate the blood pressure lowering effect and safety of LCZ696 when given alone and in combination with amlodipine in patients with essential hypertension.

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