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Norvasc is a medication used to treat high blood pressure and certain cardiovascular diseases. It belongs to a class of drugs known as calcium channel blockers. Norvasc works by blocking calcium from entering certain areas of the heart and blood vessels, allowing them to relax, reducing strain on the heart and lowering blood pressure.
Uses and Dosage
Norvasc is typically taken once daily by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor. Swallow the tablet whole with water and do not crush or chew it. Do not stop taking Norvasc without talking to your doctor first, as this could cause your blood pressure to spike. However, follow your doctor's instructions and the dosing information on the medication label. Talk to your doctor about any potential risks and benefits of taking Norvasc, as well as any other medications or supplements you are taking.
The typical dosing for Norvasc (amlodipine) in adults is 5-10 mg taken by mouth once daily, with a maximum dose of 10 mg per day. Children aged 6 and above may be prescribed a lower dose ranging from 2.5-5 mg once daily, with a maximum dose of 5 mg per day. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions when taking Norvasc, and to report any side effects or concerns to them.
Common Side Effects of Norvasc (Amlodipine):
- Feeling tired
- Flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling)
- Lower part of your legs.
- Stomach pain
- Swelling in your ankles
Serious Side Effects of Norvasc (Amlodipine):
- A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
- Pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest
- Severe drowsiness
- Swelling in your feet or ankles
- Worsening chest pain
Form and strength
Norvasc (Amlodipine) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 2.5 mg
- 5 mg
- 10 mg
- 2.5 mg
- 5 mg
- 10 mg
- Norvasc may not be suitable for people with liver disease, heart valve problems, certain types of heart disease, or a history of angioedema (swelling under the skin). Tell your doctor about any medical conditions you have before starting Norvasc.
- Before taking amlodipine, tell your doctor if you have congestive heart failure or liver disease since Norvasc is the brand name for amlodipine.
- Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of amlodipine. If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using Norvasc even if you feel fine.
- 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.
- Norvasc should be used with caution in patients with liver disease, as it may increase the risk of liver damage.
- Patients should inform their doctor if they are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as Norvasc may cause harm to the developing fetus.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the typical dose for Norvasc?
The typical dose for Norvasc in adults is 5-10 mg taken by mouth once daily, with a maximum dose of 10 mg per day. Children aged 6 and above may be prescribed a lower dose ranging from 2.5-5 mg once daily, with a maximum dose of 5 mg per day.
When is the best time to take Norvasc?
You can take it at any time of day but try to make sure it's around the same time every day. You can take amlodipine tablets and liquid with or without food.
Can Norvasc be taken with other medications?
Norvasc may interact with certain medications, so it is important to tell your doctor about all medications and supplements you are taking before starting treatment with Norvasc.
How many hours does it take Norvasc to lower my BP?
it takes 8 hours for the drug to reach its peak drug concentration, and about a week to reach steady-state full antihypertensive effect.
It's important to purchase Norvasc from verified Canadian pharmacy.