Generic Name: Norvasc Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Norvasc® (amlodipine) used for?

Norvasc® is a calcium channel blocker that dilates (widens) blood vessels and improves blood flow.

Norvasc® is used to treat chest pain (angina) and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease.

Norvasc® is also used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering blood pressure may lower your risk of a stroke or heart attack.

Amlodipine is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.

How should I take Norvasc® (amlodipine)?

Take Norvasc® exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

You may take Norvasc® with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often.

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.

If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using Norvasc® even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life.

Your hypertension or heart condition may be treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or stop taking any of your medications without your doctor’s advice. This is especially important if you also take nitroglycerin.

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.

How do I store Norvasc® (amlodipine)?

Norvasc® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Norvasc® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Norvasc® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Norvasc® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Norvasc® (amlodipine)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Norvasc® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

It is not known whether Norvasc® will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Amlodipine can pass into breast milk, but effects on the nursing baby are not known. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

Norvasc® is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Norvasc® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Norvasc®. Norvasc® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Norvasc® (amlodipine)?

Common side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Feeling tired
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling)

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest
  • Worsening chest pain
  • Swelling in your feet or ankles
  • Severe drowsiness
  • A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out

In rare cases, when you first start taking Norvasc®, your angina may get worse or you could have a heart attack. Seek emergency medical attention or call your doctor right away if you have symptoms such as: chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating.

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Norvasc®: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Norvasc® (amlodipine)?

Norvasc® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products that may interact with this drug are:

  • Nitroglycerin
  • Simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin)
  • Any other heart or blood pressure medications

Does food or alcohol interact with Norvasc® (amlodipine)?

Norvasc® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Norvasc® (amlodipine)?

Norvasc® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:

  • Liver disease
  • A heart valve problem called aortic stenosis

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Norvasc® (amlodipine).

What is the dose of Norvasc® (amlodipine) for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Hypertension:

Initial dose: The recommended dose is 5 mg orally once a day.

Maintenance dose: The recommended dose is 5 to 10 mg orally once a day.

Maximum dose: The recommended dose is 10 mg/day.

Usual Adult Dose for Angina Pectoris:

Maintenance dose: The recommended dose is 5 to 10 mg orally once a day.

Maximum dose: The recommended dose is 10 mg/day.

Usual Adult Dose for Coronary Artery Disease:

Maintenance dose: The recommended dose is 5 to 10 mg orally once a day.

Maximum dose: The recommended dose is 10 mg/day.

Usual Geriatric Dose for Hypertension:

Initial dose: The recommended dose is 2.5 mg orally once a day.

Maintenance dose: The recommended dose is 2.5 to 10 mg orally once a day.

Maximum dose: The recommended dose is 10 mg/day.

Usual Geriatric Dose for Angina Pectoris:

Initial dose: The recommended dose is 5 mg orally once a day.

Maintenance dose: The recommended dose is 5 to 10 mg orally once a day.

Maximum dose: The recommended dose is 10 mg/day.

What is the dose of Norvasc® (amlodipine) for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Hypertension:

6 to 17 years:

Maintenance dose: The recommended dose is 2.5 to 5 mg orally once a day.

Maximum dose: The recommended dose is 5 mg/day.

How is Norvasc® (amlodipine) available?

Norvasc® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet: amlodipine besylate 2.5mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Norvasc®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: July 19, 2017 | Last Modified: July 19, 2017

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