Norvasc Medication Information:

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Norvasc 5 mg
Norvasc 10 mg

What is Norvasc?

Norvasc is a member of the drug family known as calcium channel blockers.

How Does Norvasc Work?

Norvasc, alone or in combination with other drugs, is used primarily to lower high blood pressure and ease the symptoms of angina, which is a form of chest pain most often caused by clogged arteries. Either or both of these conditions are leading causes of heart attacks and strokes.

The reason Norvasc is effective in treating high blood pressure and angina is that it dilates blood vessels and slows the rate at which the heart beats, thus allowing easier flow of necessary blood and oxygen throughout the body. Hence, it lessens the incident of heart attack and stroke. When used to treat angina, Norvasc can greatly improve your ability to exercise or exert yourself without the sharp pain experienced during an angina attack.

When and How Should Norvasc Be Taken?

Be sure to follow your presciption instructions carefully. Take your Norvasc at the same time each day. Results may take several weeks to become noticeable, so continue to take your medication, even you do not notice an immediate reduction in blood pressure or angina. When taking Norvasc for angina, your symptoms may feel worse at first but will improve with continued use of the medication. (If the worsening symptoms of angina become unbearable, call your doctor or go to your local emergency room.) Take a missed dose as soon as you remember, but if it's close to your next Norvasc dosing time, wait, but never take a double dose. In case of over-dose, call your physician.

Side Effects of Norvasc

The most serious potential side-effect of any medication is a severe allergic reaction. If you develop hives, have trouble breathing or swallowing, or notice swelling of the lips, tongue or face, go to the nearest emergency room, as this side-effect can be life threatening.

Serious side effects that warrant an immediate call to your doctor include the following:

  • Feeling dizzy or weak
  • Swelling in hands or feet
  • Rapid or slow, pounding-like heartbeats
  • Unusual bruising
  • Fainting
  • Feelings of numbness, tingling, or burning
  • Extreme chest pain
  • Yellowing of skin or whites of eyes (jaundice)

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness, which may be lessened by rising slowly when standing from seated position
  • Increased urination
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Nausea, vomiting, stomache pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Flushing (warmth or redness beneath the skin)
  • Sleep changes such as insomnia
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Joint pain, muscle pain, mild skin rash with itching
  • Dry mouth/thirst
  • Increased sweating
  • Vivid or unusual dreams
  • Drowsiness

If you experience unusual symptoms not listed here, contact your doctor.

Drug Names For This Medication

Brand Name: Norvasc
Generic Name: amlodipine (pronounced am-LOE'-di-peen)

Safety Information Regarding Norvasc

Tell your doctor of all medications you are currently taking before taking Norvasc, and do not start any new medications while on Norvasc without first consulting your doctor. These rules also apply to all over-the-counter medications, high dose vitamins, and herbs you may be taking, as well. Be especially diligent about mentioning beta blockers you are currently taking, as some should not be stopped suddenly.

Do not use Norvasc if you have a known allergy to amlodipine, and do not begin it if you are pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant in the near future without close consultation with your physician. Norvasc may be harmful to a developing fetus and it is not yet known if the drug is passed via breast milk.

Those who have congestive heart failure or liver disease should inform their doctor so proper dosing adjustments can be determined regarding Norvasc. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Norvasc, as a serious drop in blood pressure may occur when combining the two.

Dosage and Storage Information

Oral Norvasc comes in the following:

  • 2.5 MG Tablets
  • 5 MG Tablets
  • 10 MG Tablets

Keep Norvasc in a place away from moisture, and store at room temperature. Keep away from children, and never share your medication with others.

Visual Description of Norvasc Tablets

  • 2.5 MG tablets are white and diamond shaped, with "Norvasc" etched into one side, and "2.5" into the other side
  • 5 MG tablets are white, six-sided, blank on one side and say "Norvasc 5" on the other side
  • 10 MG tablets are white, round in shape, blank on one side and say "Norvasc 10" on the other side

Norvasc Facts

NORVASC is formulated with the active ingredient available in three strengths.

Amlodipine besylate, a calcium channel blocker, is the active ingredient in NORVASC.

Common side effects for NORVASC include edema, fatigue, headache and dizziness.

NORVASC is used to treat high blood pressure, chest pain and blocked arteries leading to the heart.


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