Norvasc (amlodipine) belongs to a group of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Norvasc relaxes (widens) blood vessels and improves blood flow. Norvasc is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) or chest pain (angina) and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease. This medication is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. Norvasc may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide, for such uses, consult doctor.
How to consume
Norvasc is manufactured by Pfizer, Inc. and is available in three strengths: Norvasc 2.5 mg,5 mg, and 10 mg. For those taking Norvasc to treat high blood pressure, most healthcare providers will suggest a starting dosage of Norvasc 5 mg. If your blood pressure goals have not been reached within two weeks, however, your healthcare provider may recommend increasing the dosage to Norvasc 10 mg. People being treated for chronic stable angina, vasospastic angina, or coronary artery disease generally take Norvasc 5 mg or Norvasc 10 mg once daily. Most people will benefit more from Norvasc 10 mg once daily, but should still start with a lower dosage. Norvasc 10 mg is not recommended for use in children who being treated for high blood pressure.
After you buy Norvasc, always take Norvasc exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Norvasc is usually taken once daily. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Your chest pain may become worse when you first start taking Norvasc or when your dose is increased. Call your doctor if your chest pain is severe or ongoing.
Norvasc is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, and other medications. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely. If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life. Other medical conditions including heart disease, liver disease, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding should be reported to the doctor as use of this medicine generally is not recommended in such conditions.
If you miss your dose, take it as soon as you remember, or if it is too late, skip the missed dose and continue with your routine dose at the next scheduled time. In the condition of consuming over dose, call your doctor and seek medical help, as an overdose of Norvasc can be fatal to your health.
Encounter with other drugs
This is the list of a few drugs which when encounter with Norvasc can produce some harmful drug interactions: Simvastatin; Conivaptan; Dantrolene; Macrolides; Cyclosporine; St John's Wort; Grapefruit (juice); Calcium supplements; Other medicines for angina, such as diltiazem; Some antibiotics, such as erythromycin or rifampicin; Some antifungals, such as ketoconazole or itraconazole; Anti-proteases, medicines used to treat HIV infection, such as ritonavir. There is a possibility that other drugs may also interact with Norvasc, to be sure of, ask your doctor about the drugs which can conflict with Norvasc, which can be harmful to your health, always tell your doctor about the other medication you use.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Norvasc: Difficulty breathing; Swelling of your feet or legs; Tender, bleeding, or swollen gums; Yellowing of the eyes or skin; A fast or irregular heartbeat; Nausea; Fatigue; Dark urine; Weakness; Stomach pain; Drowsiness; Headache; Flushing; Muscle cramps; Worsening chest pain (attacks are more frequent, more severe, or last longer). The list of these side effects can be incomplete, and while using this medication, you can experience any other side effect too, to avoid such a scenario, always follow your doctor’s direction.
Store it well
Once you buy Norvasc online, store the medicine at the room temperature, keep away from heat, moisture and direct sunlight, it is suggested to keep it in a tightly closed container, away from heat, moisture and light.
Disclaimer: the above information provided is for your own reference. If you need to start the medicine under any circumstance(s) please consult your health care facilitator for a detailed plan to follow up.