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Norvasc (Amlodipine) Medication Information

Uses

Norvasc is a calcium channel blocker that is used to treat high blood pressure and coronary artery disease (CAD).

Dosage

The tablets are available in several different strengths:

  • 2.5 mg
  • 5 mg
  • 10 mg

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Norvasc include:

  • Edema
  • Fatigue
  • Somnolence 
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain

Speak with your doctor for a full list of side effects that apply to you if you are taking Amlodipine.

Precautions

Norvasc can cause symptomatic low blood pressure, but severe low blood pressure is not very likely. 

There is a possibility that Norvasc can cause a worsening of angina and a sudden heart attack, especially in patients who are starting or increasing therapy.

Interactions

The most common drug interactions with Norvasc include:

  • Simvastatin
  • Cimetidine
  • Sildenafil
  • Digoxin
  • Warfarin
  • Alcohol
  • Grapefruit juice

Speak with your doctor for more information and before starting a new medication with Amlodipine. 

Storage

Store at room temperature (59-86ºF). It should be kept in a light resistant bottle.

Pharmacist Tips

  • Norvasc doses can be titrated to be tailored to the patients needs.
  • Amlodipine can be taken with or without food, but it should be taken at the same time every day. 
  • If you accidently take too much Norvasc seek medical attention.

Amlodipine FAQs

What time of day should I take Norvasc?

Norvasc can be take any time of day, as long as it is taken the same time every day.

 

How quickly does Norvasc lower blood pressure?

It can take 1-2 weeks to see the initial benefit, and it can take up to 4 weeks to see the full effect. 

 

Why is Amlodipine given at night?

Because of the side effects of dizziness and somnolence, Amlodipine is sometime recommended to be given at night to avoid these side effects. 

 

Does Norvasc affect heart rate?

Norvasc should not cause a significant decrease in heart rate.

 

Does Norvasc a diuretic?

Norvasc is a calcium channel blocker, it is not a diuretic. 

 

Related Drugs

Reference:

Norvasc {package insert}. New York, NY: Pfizer; 2013.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2013/019787s054lbl.pdf

PharmD Medical Writer

Author: Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Roybal is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist who has practiced in both ambulatory and acute care settings. Her pharmacy interests include oncology and general inpatient pharmacy.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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