What is Azor?Azor is a combination of amlodipine, a calcium channel blocker and olmesartan, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, used alone or with other medications to treat high blood pressure.
What is the most important information I should know about Azor?When used during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, Azor can cause injury and even death to the developing baby. When pregnancy is detected, Azor should be discontinued as soon as possible.
You must take Azor regularly for it to be effective. Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may be a couple of weeks before you get the full benefit of Azor, and you must continue taking it even if you are feeling well. Azor does not cure high blood pressure; it merely keeps it under control.
Who should not take Azor?Do not use Azor if you are pregnant. This drug should be used with caution if you have low blood pressure or salt depletion, liver or kidney problems, cardiovascular problems, or congestive heart failure.
Azor is not recommended as first-line therapy in patients ≥75 years of age.
Do not use Azor if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Azor?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Azor. Also talk to your doctor about your complete medical history. This drug should be used with caution if you have low blood pressure or salt depletion, liver or kidney problems, or cardiovascular problems such as obstructive coronary artery disease, aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve), or congestive heart failure.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual dosage ranges from 5-10 milligrams (mg) of amlodipine and 20-40 mg of olmesartan a day.
How should I take Azor?Take Azor exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Azor?Avoid getting pregnant while on treatment with Azor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Azor?No significant drug interactions have been reported. However, you should always check with your doctor before combining Azor with any other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal medications.
What are the possible side effects of Azor?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: water retention, flushing, heart palpitations
Symptoms of abnormally low blood pressure include: dizziness, feeling faint or weak, lightheadedness
Can I receive Azor if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Azor should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Talk with your doctor before taking this drug if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Azor?Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Azor?Store at room temperature.
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