Norvasc (Amlodipine)

Norvasc (Amlodipine)

Generic Name:Amlodipine

Amlodipine is a prescription medicine used primarily to treat high blood pressure in adults and kids at least 6 years old.

It’s also given to treat chest pain (angina) and other conditions caused by heart disease.

Amlodipine is in a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. The medicine works by relaxing blood vessels and increasing the supply of blood to the heart.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this medicine in 1987. It’s marketed as Norvasc by Pfizer.

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What is Norvasc (Amlodipine) used for?

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What is the most important information I should know about Norvasc (Amlodipine)?

You should not take amlodipine if you are allergic to it.

It is not known if amlodipine will harm an unborn baby. However, having high blood pressure during pregnancy may cause complications or medical problems in both mother and baby. The benefit of treating hypertension may outweigh any risks to the baby.

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • severe narrowing of a certain valve in your heart (aortic stenosis), or other heart problems;
  • coronary artery disease (clogged arteries); or
  • liver disease.
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Side Effects

What are the side effects of Norvasc (Amlodipine)?

Get emergency medical help if you have hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. signs of an allergic reaction:

In rare cases, when you first start taking amlodipine, your chest pain may get worse or you could have a heart attack. chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating. Seek emergency medical attention or call your doctor right away if you have symptoms such as:

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • worsening chest pain; or
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out.
  • dizziness, drowsiness;
  • swelling of your legs or ankles;
  • irregular heartbeat;
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
  • muscle stiffness;
  • uncontrolled muscle movements;
  • feeling tired;
  • stomach pain, nausea; or
  • flushing (sudden warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Can I take Norvasc (Amlodipine) if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

Risk cannot be ruled out
Based on FDA pregnancy categories

It is not known if amlodipine will harm an unborn baby. However, having high blood pressure during pregnancy may cause complications or medical problems in both mother and baby. The benefit of treating hypertension may outweigh any risks to the baby.

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

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What drugs and food should I avoid while taking Norvasc (Amlodipine)?

Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy.

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Dosage Guidelines & Tips

How to take Norvasc (Amlodipine)?

Use Norvasc (Amlodipine) exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Amlodipine is usually taken once per day.

Take the medicine at the same time each day, with or without food.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often.

If you have high blood pressure, High blood pressure often has no symptoms. keep using this medicine even if you feel well.

Do not change your doses or stop taking any of your medications without your doctor's advice.

Your treatment may also include diet, exercise, weight control, and blood tests.

Shake the (liquid). Measure a dose with the supplied measuring device (not a kitchen spoon). oral suspension

Store amlodipine and (liquid) at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. tabletsoral solution

Store amlodipine in the refrigerator, do not freeze. oral suspension

What should I do if I missed a dose of Norvasc (Amlodipine)?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if you are more than 12 hours late for the dose. take two doses at one time. Do not

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Overdose Signs

What happens if I overdose on Norvasc (Amlodipine)?

Overdose symptoms may include rapid heartbeats, redness or warmth in your arms or legs, or fainting.

If you think you or someone else may have overdosed on: Norvasc (Amlodipine),  call your doctor or the Poison Control center
(800) 222-1222
If someone collapses or isn't breathing after taking Norvasc (Amlodipine), call 911
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What to Expect

Norvasc starts working the day you take it, but it might take a couple of weeks for the full effects to kick in.

If you’re using this medicine for angina, it will probably take a couple of weeks before you to feel better.

You might not notice any difference in how you feel if you’re using Norvasc for high blood pressure. This doesn’t mean that the medicine isn’t working.

Keep taking Norvasc unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

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Additional Dosage Information

Your dosage will depend on your medical condition, age, overall health, and other factors.

The maximum dose is typically 5 milligrams (mg) a day for kids and 10 mg a day for adults.

Your doctor may lower or adjust your dose if you have liver problems or take other blood pressure medicines.

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Secondary Uses

Sometimes, doctors prescribe Norvasc “off-label” to treat other conditions, such as:

  • Raynaud's disease
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Left ventricular hypertrophy
  • Silent myocardial ischemia
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