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Norvasc

Classification: Blood Pressure
Generic Name: Amlodipine
Typical Brand Names: Norvasc

Amlodipine belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. These medications block the transport of calcium into the smooth muscle cells lining the coronary arteries and other arteries of the body. Since calcium is important in muscle contraction, blocking calcium transport relaxes artery muscles and dilates coronary arteries and other arteries of the body. By relaxing coronary arteries, amlodipine is useful in preventing chest pain (angina) resulting from coronary artery spasm. Relaxing the muscles lining the arteries of the rest of the body lowers the blood pressure, which reduces the burden on the heart as it pumps blood to the body. Reducing heart burden lessens the heart muscle's demand for oxygen, and further helps to prevent angina in patients with coronary artery disease. For more detailed information related to coronary artery disease, please read the Chest Pain, Cholesterol, and Heart Attack articles.

Product Name Price
Norvasc 5 mg - 30 Tabs $106.25
Norvasc 5 mg - 90 Tabs $225.65
Norvasc 10 mg - 30 Tabs $132.51
Norvasc 10 mg - 90 Tabs $291.69
Norvasc 2.5 mg - 30 Tabs $107.32
Norvasc 2.5 mg - 90 Tabs $241.94
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Norvasc Directions To Use

Norvasc comes as a tablet to take it orally. It is usually taken once a day. Norvasc may cause an upset stomach. Take Norvasc with food or milk. Talk to your doctor before using salt substitutes containing potassium. If your doctor prescribes a low-salt or low-sodium diet, follow these directions carefully.

Norvasc Warnings and Side Effects

Before taking Norvasc, tell your doctor if you have liver disease; or another disease of the heart or blood vessels such as sick sinus syndrome, aortic stenosis, heart failure, low blood pressure, or coronary artery disease. You may not be able to take Norvasc, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above. Norvasc is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Norvasc will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether Norvasc passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

The intake of Norvasc may entail serious side effects such as:

  • Allergies characterized by hives, difficulty in breathing, swelling of lips, tongue and mouth
  • Arrhythmia
  • Chest pains
  • Severe dizziness and fainting
  • Psychosis
  • Jaundice or yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • Swelling of legs and ankles
  • If you experience any of the mentioned side effects, you should consult your doctor immediately.

Norvasc Missed Dose

When a dose of Norvasc is missed and the time for the next dose is far enough, you may take the missed dose but if the time for the next dose is already near, you may skip that dose and proceed to the next one. It is not advisable to take double doses of this medicine unless otherwise stipulated by your doctor.

Other minor side effects may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Body malaise
  • Insomnia
  • Abnormal nightmares
  • Nausea, diarrhea, constipation of other stomach and digestive disorders
  • Difficulty in urination

Norvasc Storage

Store bottles at controlled room temperature, 59° to 86°F (15° to 30°C) and dispense in tight, light-resistant containers.

Norvasc Overdose

Over dosage might be expected to cause excessive peripheral vasodilatation with marked hypotension and possibly a reflex tachycardia. Symptoms of Norvasc overdose include dizziness, weakness, and chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, unusually fast or slow heartbeat, coma, slurred speech, and confusion.

Norvasc More Information

Before taking Norvasc, tell your doctor if you have liver disease or another disease of the heart or blood vessels such as sick sinus syndrome, aortic stenosis, heart failure, low blood pressure, or coronary artery disease. If you are over 65 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from Norvasc. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of this medication.

Norvasc Disclaimer

This drug information is for your information purposes only, it is not intended that this information covers all uses, directions, drug interactions, precautions, or adverse effects of your medication. This is only general information, and should not be relied on for any purpose. It should not be construed as containing specific instructions for any particular patient. We disclaim all responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of this information, and/or any consequences arising from the use of this information, including damage or adverse consequences to persons or property, however such damages or consequences arise. No warranty, either expressed or implied, is made in regards to this information.