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Norvasc

Generic Name: Amlodipine Tablets (am LOE di peen)
Brand Name: Norvasc

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 5, 2020.

Uses of Norvasc:

  • It is used to treat high blood pressure.
  • It is used to treat some types of chest pain (angina).
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Norvasc?

  • If you have an allergy to amlodipine or any other part of Norvasc (amlodipine tablets).
  • If you are allergic to Norvasc (amlodipine tablets); any part of Norvasc (amlodipine tablets); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Norvasc (amlodipine tablets) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Norvasc?

For all uses of Norvasc (amlodipine tablets):

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Norvasc (amlodipine tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how Norvasc (amlodipine tablets) affects you.
  • To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. Be careful going up and down stairs.
  • Check your blood pressure as you have been told.
  • It is rare, but worse chest pain and heart attack can happen after Norvasc (amlodipine tablets) is first started or after the dose is raised. The risk may be greater in people who have very bad heart blood vessel disease. Talk with the doctor.
  • If you are taking Norvasc (amlodipine tablets) and have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor before using OTC products that may raise blood pressure. These include cough or cold drugs, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like products, and some natural products or aids.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.
  • Liver problems have happened with Norvasc (amlodipine tablets). Sometimes, liver problems have needed to be treated in the hospital. Talk with the doctor.
  • If you are 65 or older, use Norvasc (amlodipine tablets) with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.

For chest pain:

  • Do not use Norvasc (amlodipine tablets) to treat sudden chest pain. It will not help. Talk with your doctor.

How is this medicine (Norvasc) best taken?

Use Norvasc (amlodipine tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take Norvasc (amlodipine tablets) at the same time of day.
  • Take with or without food.
  • Keep taking Norvasc (amlodipine tablets) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it has been 12 hours or more since the missed dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Chest pain that is new or worse.
  • Fast or abnormal heartbeat.
  • Swelling.
  • Stiff muscles, shakiness, or muscle movements that are not normal.

What are some other side effects of Norvasc?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Feeling dizzy, sleepy, tired, or weak.
  • Flushing.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Stomach pain.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Norvasc?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat and light.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Norvasc (amlodipine tablets), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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