Amlodipine is a better choice for many black people than other blood pressure drugs. Black people often respond differently to blood pressure medicine than non-black people.

In studies of black people, amlodipine lowered blood pressure more than other types of medicine. It may also lower the risk of heart problems. So, doctors often start black people on amlodipine first.

Each person is different. The best choice also depends on other factors, such as whether you have kidney disease, diabetes, or heart problems. Your doctor will work with you to find the best medicine to help you lower your blood pressure.