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Chemical Name: AMLODIPINE (am-LOE-di-peen)
Norvasc is a TABLET.
NORVASC is a calcium channel blocker used to treat angina (chest pain) and hypertension (high blood pressure) and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease. It works by relaxing (widens) blood vessels and improves blood flow. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. NORVASC is also used to prevent certain types of chest pain (angina). It may help to increase your ability to exercise and decrease the frequency of angina attacks.
This medication is not intended to be used to treat attacks of chest pain when they occur.
Take NORVASC exactly as prescribed by your doctor and follow the directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results, but do not change your dosage without consulting your physician first.
Take HYZAAR with a full glass (8 ounces) of water. You can easily become dehydrated while taking this medication, which can lead to severely low blood pressure or a serious electrolyte imbalance. Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your kidney function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
Before you start taking NORVASC, be sure to inform your doctor if you are allergic to any chemical contained in this medication or to other dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Discuss your medical history with your health care professional, especially regarding certain structural heart problem (aortic stenosis), very low blood pressure, liver disease.
Additionally, inform your doctor if you are having surgery, any dental work, any products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
The following should be avoided while taking NORVASC
- NORVASC may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or participate in any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely
- Limit alcoholic beverages
All medications may cause side effects, but usually patients have no, or minor, side effects. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because they feel that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Common side effects include:
- swelling ankles/feet
- flushing or headache may occur
Serious side effects include:
- fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat
- a serious allergic reaction, including rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
- severe dizziness and/or trouble breathing.
Product Code: 1695
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.