What is Exforge?Exforge is a combination of two drugs used to treat high blood pressure: amlodipine, a calcium channel blocker, and valsartan, an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB).
What is the most important information I should know about Exforge?If you become pregnant, stop taking Exforge immediately. Using this medication during pregnancy can cause injury or death to the developing baby. Talk to your doctor if you plan to become pregnant while taking Exforge.
If you feel faint or dizzy after taking Exforge, lie down and call your doctor immediately.
People with severe heart problems may develop chest pain after taking Exforge; get emergency help immediately if you experience this.
People with kidney disease may have worsened kidney function after taking Exforge. If you see a swelling of your feet, ankles, hands, or have weight gain, call your doctor immediately.
Who should not take Exforge?Do not take Exforge if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Exforge?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Exforge. Specifically, tell your doctor if you are on any diuretics (water pills), on a low-salt diet, or drink alcohol regularly. Tell your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart, liver, or kidney problems, or if you are vomiting or have had diarrhea. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
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 starting dose is 5/160 milligrams (mg) (5 mg of amlodipine and 160 mg of valsartan) once daily. Your doctor may increase your dose depending upon your response.
How should I take Exforge?Take Exforge as prescribed by your doctor, once each day, with or without food.
What should I avoid while taking Exforge?Avoid becoming pregnant while taking Exforge.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Exforge?If Exforge is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Exforge with potassium supplements, salt substitutes that contain potassium, or certain diuretics such as spironolactone, triamterene, and amiloride.
What are the possible side effects of Exforge?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: swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet, nasal congestion, sore throat and discomfort when swallowing, upper respiratory infection, dizziness
Can I receive Exforge if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Exforge is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Talk to 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 Exforge?If you miss a dose, 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 dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Exforge?Store at room temperature.
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