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Amlodipine (Norvasc)


How to Use

 

Take this medication with a glass of water. It can be taken with or without food.

 

Take this medication as directed on your prescription label, take at regular intervals.

 

If you miss a dose, take the dose as soon as possible. If it is already close to the time of your next dose, take only that dose. Do not double up any dose.

 

 

Important Information

 

Do not operate heavy machinery, drive a car, or engage in other activity that requires fine motor skills until you are sure of how this medication affects you.

 

Sit down and stand up slowly when starting this medication to avoid dizziness.

 

Be sure to have regular visits with your doctor,and have your blood pressure and pulse taken regularly.

 

Be sure that your prescribing doctor is aware if you have any of the following conditions before taking this medicine

 

Heart conditions, allergies, liver conditions, pregnancy or breastfeeding.

 

 

Side effects that should be immediately reported to you healthcare provider

 

Allergic reaction(hives, itching, swelling of the face or mouth), trouble breathing, chest pain, jaw pain, swelling of ankles, vision or hearing changes, changes in heartbeat.

 

 

Other Side Effects

 

 Flushing, nausea, stomach pain, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, angioedema,  itching.

 

 

 

Adults Doses

 

 

Hypertension

 

5mg by mouth once per day as a starting dose. The usual maintenance dose is between 5mg and 10mg by mouth once daily.

 

 

Angina or CAD

 

5mg - 10mg by mouth once per day.

 

 

Reynaud’s

 

10mg by mouth once a day.

 

 

Uses

 

Amlodipine is known as a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker. It helps to relax and expand arteries by decreasing the levels of calcium that enters the cells of the arteries. It is a safe and well tolerated medication when taken as prescribed, and is commonly used for conditions such as hypertension, CAD and angina.

 

 

Resources

 

1. Norvasc® tablets, amlodipine besylate tablets[package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer; 2005.

 

2. Norvasc (amlodipine)[package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer; 2015.


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