What is Norvasc?Norvasc is in a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. Norvasc is used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina).
What is the most important information I should know about Norvasc?If you have high blood pressure, you must take Norvasc regularly for it to be effective. Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may be several weeks before you get the full benefit of Norvasc; you must continue taking it even if you are feeling well. Norvasc does not cure high blood pressure; it merely keeps it under control.
Although very rare, if you have severe heart disease, you may experience an increase in frequency and duration of angina attacks (chest pain), or even have a heart attack, when you are starting on Norvasc or your dosage is increased.
While on Norvasc, it is possible for your blood pressure to become lower than normal. Tell your doctor about any dizziness, feeling faint, or lightheadedness you experience while on Norvasc.
Who should not take Norvasc?Do not take Norvasc if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to it.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Norvasc?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Norvasc. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any heart conditions or liver disease. If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, tell your doctor right away.
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 5-10 milligrams (mg) once a day. If you have liver disease or are >65 years, the lower 5-mg dose will be used at the start.
Adults: The usual starting dose is 5 mg taken once a day. The most you should take in a day is 10 mg. If you have liver disease, are >65 years, or if your doctor is adding Norvasc to other blood pressure medications, the starting dose is usually 2.5 mg once a day.
Children 6-17 years: The usual dose is 2.5-5 mg once a day.
How should I take Norvasc?Norvasc may be taken with or without food. Norvasc should only be taken once a day. It may be used alone or in combination with other drugs for high blood pressure or angina.
You should take Norvasc exactly as prescribed, even if your symptoms disappear. You will begin to see a drop in your blood pressure 24 hours after you start the medication.
What should I avoid while taking Norvasc?Use caution when you stand or sit up from a lying position, especially if you wake up during the night. You may become dizzy when changing positions.
Use alcohol with caution. Alcohol may further lower blood pressure and increase drowsiness or dizziness while you are taking Norvasc.
Do not take Norvasc with grapefruit juice or grapefruit.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Norvasc?While there are no documented food or drug interactions with Norvasc, be sure to tell your doctor about any prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal medications you are taking.
What are the possible side effects of Norvasc?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: dizziness, fatigue, flushing, fluid retention and swelling, headache, palpitations (fluttery or throbbing heartbeat)
Can I receive Norvasc if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Norvasc during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Taking Norvasc while breastfeeding is not recommended. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Norvasc?If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Norvasc?Store at room temperature.
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