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User Reviews for Norvasc

Norvasc has an average rating of 4.7 out of 10 from a total of 97 ratings on Drugs.com. 29% of those users who reviewed Norvasc reported a positive effect, while 47% reported a negative effect.

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Summary of Norvasc reviews 4.7 97 reviews

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Reviews for Norvasc

Bongo8296 · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 28, 2021

For High Blood Pressure: “Started out good. Help control blood pressure. After 3 week feet and toes started drawing up then hands started doing the same. The 5 week chest muscle cramps and spasms so bad I thought I was having a heart attack. Went to ER with no help. Them I started researching Norvasc and came across others that had the same symptoms I had. I started cutting back mg now Norvasc free and all cramps and spasms gone. NORVASC is a dangerous med.”

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Debs · Taken for less than 1 month April 18, 2021

For High Blood Pressure: “Horrible drug. I was on it 15 days - had horrible anxiety, panic attacks almost daily (prior only had 2 in my life), whole body tingling and the brain fog was bad. I was only in low dose of 5 mg. I ended up at hospital twice during the 15 days that I was in med. My dr switched me to a different med and it is much better.”

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Katluv · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 24, 2020

For High Blood Pressure: “At first, it's quite effective - and it significantly does work - to lower blood pressure. It has few side effects, and works within 30min - 1.5hrs. The only downside is that it can take 6-8hrs to achieve the full drop, and tolerance develops shortly - about 4 months - after taking it regularly. It's a good step above diuretics, but it's not enough by itself. Combining it with Lisinopril is much better than Norvasc alone.”

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Gardener · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 11, 2020

For High Blood Pressure: “My BP was 150/85 so Dr. Started me on 2.5mg Norvasc and 3 months later no improvement, so my Norvasc dose was doubled to 5 mg. 3 months later and my BP still 150/85 I have side effects are I am extremely tired, stomach issues and just not feeling like myself so have made the decision to stop taking it, as it wasn't helping at all. 3 weeks later..bp 135/72, another 4 weeks passed..115/58.”

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Migrane · Taken for 10 years or more September 11, 2020

For High Blood Pressure: “I started taking amlodipine in 2006 for moderate blood pressure. Most of my BP readings is 145/85; I told my primary physician that my now ankles swell; a chronic headache after I take it; and earache. I went to ENT and took a battery of tests which ENT then referred me for a brain scan. I am debating on that referral. I stopped taking amlodipine on 9/6 and went to my rheumatologist on 9/11; without taking bp my reading was 143/84 I have come to the conclusion, I want something other than amlodipine. The reward is not worth the risk.”

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JGH17 August 7, 2019

For High Blood Pressure: “I have been on this medication since Jan 17 over the past 2 years for high blood pressure. My blood pressure was extremely high for years this was one of the first to bring it back to normal. HOWEVER I started developing SEVERAL different symptoms almost loosing myself from what I believe to be this medication. Constant leg cramps, heavy legs, migraines, elevated liver enzymes (fatty liver disease) and worst of all a dull isolated personality like I wasn’t myself anymore. I felt like I didn’t have any ambition or desire for anything. Not myself anymore. I kept telling my doctor something was wrong until I forgot to take my medicine my mind felt better but was beating out of my chest from not taking it I can hear and feel it pound so hard. THIS MEDICATION CAN RUIN SOMEONES LIFE. I am gonna try natural ways to lower my blood pressure or something else. If you are taking this and feel like you are not yourself anymore and can care less to do anything in life. Talk to your Doc”

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Sue · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 19, 2019

For High Blood Pressure: “Horrible med I started to have swollen tongue and lips and face. Also hands and feet were swollen. I stopped taking it and slept the night sitting up. I felt depressed and anxiety irritable no energy. I almost died on lisinopril having to rush to hospital with terrible swollen tongue even uvula. They gave me every shot they had which I thought I might die from. Adrenaline shot is the worst. After a few months on norvasc at night laying down each night it got harder to breathe especially through my nose. This is my second day off and I bought 4 natural remedies and I finally feel like myself. I had no desire to do anything. I think these medicines are like poison. I can’t take them and I won’t no matter what. I will do whatever I need to. I almost choked to death trying too swallow scrambled eggs. I am totally done with bp meds unless they are natural. My throat is still bothering me but getting better.”

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Emc · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 28, 2020

For High Blood Pressure: “Took Norvasc for about 6 weeks. For about four weeks it very effectively lowered my bp to normal rates and I was feeling well. For the past 2 weeks I’ve started feeling lightheaded, heart palpitations and arrhythmia. Will be contacting my doctor to change medications.”

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Fritz · Taken for less than 1 month February 8, 2019

For High Blood Pressure: “Run don't walk from this one! I was on it for 3 weeks. I had vertigo, muscle weakness, shakiness, unusual sweating, extreme flushing, one ear would turn purple, uncontrollable shaking at night, frequent urination, and extra eye floaters. Doctors and nurses couldn't figure out what was wrong until I looked it up and figured out I was having severe reactions to it! I feel better , but now I am left with a shower of floaters from the experience. Do your homework on any new meds!!!”

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Anonymous Bob · Taken for 6 months to 1 year October 28, 2016

For High Blood Pressure: “Awful drug run !!!! Where do I begin? I was prescribed Amplodipine benzalate 10mg to either take a 10mg pill a day i could break in half Muscle weakness and muscle depletion its like acid that eats your muscles and makes the skin crawl literally ... You can feel the pulses pound in your ankles Fire in stomach then chills all over the body Labored breathing Wheezing coughing conjestion caused me to get bronchitis which Ive never had in my life ... Drowning feeling in chest and lungs Weakness tingling in head thougt I was having a stroke Tingling in toes and fingers extreme coldness ... Cramping anxiety fatigue makes you feel your in another world or are just there... Thought I was dying felt like organs were shutting down. Run folks”

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aml11172 November 16, 2009

For High Blood Pressure: “This medicine and I did not mix. I was really sick the whole time I took the medicine. I swelled up on my hands, feet and ankles. I was nauseous, extremely weak, my extremities were either numb, burning or painful. I heard my heartbeat constantly in my ears and had this awful crawling pain up my the back of my neck, itched, sweated and froze constantly, stuffy nose and so much more that I actual could not sleep. No, this is not a medication for all people. Dose changes did not help since the low dose promoted the majority of my ill effects. This medicine does well for some but, do speak up if you do not feel well on the medication.”

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ruinedmylife June 10, 2019

For High Blood Pressure: “Stay away from this horrible drug Norvasc!! I've been taking this garbage for 35 years and have had a multiple of effects from it not realizing this whole time it was this prescription causing it. I've seen so many doctors about my side effects. They all knew I was taking Norvasc, but not one ever mentioned that it could be a side effect of this drug. I've had peripheral neuropathy (feels like someone has poured hot lava down my thighs and is dripping to my feet). I've had tinnitus, itchy rashes breaking out on my body, headaches galore, and at 62 years old, I now have TMJ. Yes, I'm blaming my TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) on this drug. It has caused my leg muscles to tighten up and I imagine it's doing the same thing to my jaw. It did control my blood pressure well, but I'd rather not take any meds if this is how I have to live the rest of my life. I took myself off of 2 years ago, but could not get through the withdrawals. It caused my heart to feel like it was beating out of my chest and non stop migraines.”

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11Gs February 28, 2013

For High Blood Pressure: “With the DASH diet and exercise my BP was still high and the doctor increased my daily 5mg of Norvasc to 10mg. It helps decrease my usual 170/104 to approx 150/70 but only for a few hours. I am fatigued, headaches and super cold feet and hands constantly. I also have muscle cramps. I feel as if I had a heart attack a few days ago but my doctor says its gastritis. The side effects are worse than hypertension itself! Maybe I need a new medicine and/or a new physician. Good health to you!”

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Dobes · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 15, 2017

For High Blood Pressure: “Dentist took my blood pressure at 218/105, a total shock to me since it has always been low except for white coat usually around 150/90. She sent me to the ER. EKG was normal, and I felt shaky but otherwise okay. 10 mg Norvasc was prescribed and within 2 days BP was down in the 130/70 range in the morning. 6 weeks later it is often 115-125/70 and is rarely above 135/75. I had a strongly pounding heartbeat for a few days the first week, which went away. I was also tired the first couple of days and my legs felt heavy on my daily 2-mile walk -- that also resolved by the second week. It's working for me though my goal is to lose enough weight and exercise enough to eventually get off it. I'm a 62-year old female.”

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TMichelle · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 28, 2013

For High Blood Pressure: “I'm 32 years old and at first Amlodopine made me feel depressed, dizzy and anxious. Now I am used to this medication. I have so much energy. Before this medication I was on the verge of a heart attack and stroke. My blood pressure is 110/70.”

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Bob S. May 28, 2017

For High Blood Pressure: “I'm 37 and didn't always have issues with BP. I have been Norvasv 2.5.mg for about a month. It has made me worse. I have been to the ER twice because I feel lightheadedness. I feel like I am going to faint. I do not understand. I never had any issues until I started taking this medication. Has anybody else gone through this? Both hospitals couldn't find anything.”

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Atlanta54 September 7, 2019

For High Blood Pressure: “I was taken off of Procardia XL and moved to Norvasc. After being on this drug for a few months I started going through some changes. My sex drive was declining rapidly, my blood pressure and weight were going up as was my anxiety level. I spoke to my physician about placing me back on the Procardia and he refused. With in two years my weight was up over 40lbs, my sex drive was that of an old man and I was 42. I left my fiancee out of pure loss of interest in women. My blood pressure was way up as was my anxiety level. I was now being treated for anxieties. I spent twenty years on that drug, I gained over 100 lbs and my blood pressure was high, I was treated with Testosterone replacement therapy, an out of pocket expense of over 600 a month. All in all that product ruined my life, and now I am back on Procardia, my pressure is down, my testosterone if still low, and I am struggling to lose weight.”

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rajlesta October 7, 2015

For High Blood Pressure: “I was hypertensive 140/90 and was put on Norvasc 5mg since 3years ago. My normal BP at GP is 130/80. At home it usually 120/70. Throughout these years, my mental health became very poor, short term memory loss - easily forget day-today task, my wife have to remind me, I felt very anxious person - depressed, anxiety, panic by thinking about my health. Urination during night. Wake up periodically during night, tremor while sleeping (sometimes), tingling feeling in my arms... many more... I didn't really have quality life past 3years. I went back to doctor and requested to change to different group. Today is 2nd day I stopped Norvasc.. I wish that I become normal person after this...”

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SuperQuack · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 24, 2015

For High Blood Pressure: “This medication is cheap which is why they recommend it so much since it saves the insurance companies a bundle. My BP didn't move at all. Side effects include left shoulder pain. Loss of hair, eyesight going bad due inflammation of the cornea, weakness, tiredness to the point of delusion. The doctor had be go from 5 to 10 mg and that made everything worse. Three days after stopping it my shoulder pain went away and so much energy returned. my mother was put on it from her doctor and had similar results. After she stopped taking it she no longer needs her walker. I'm 63 and she is 88 going on 29.”

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JHBARCLAY · Taken for less than 1 month May 27, 2012

For High Blood Pressure: “Within a few days of starting this medicine, I became very aware of my heart beat and my heart seemed to be racing. I attended a pre-operative assessment where I was given a routine ECG and this confirmed that I had become tachycardic while taking amlodipine. My pulse was racing at over 100 BPM and my blood pressure actually went UP while I was taking this medicine. I had to discontinue use to stop the adverse effects.”

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jotee · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 9, 2016

For High Blood Pressure: “I was prescribed Amlodipine 5mg, within six to seven hours I had ringing in my ears.My GP persuaded me to persevere, as it was thought the side effect would go away. It didn't ! I carried on with the dreadful medication for six weeks, and then ditched it ! Five weeks later I still have the tinnitus.! How can drug companies be allowed to ruin people's lives - admittedly, tinnitus was stated as one of the side effects, but I was given to believe the side affects would be temporary, not permanent, as seems to be the case ! I hate this medication ! If I am lucky enough to have the tinnitus disappear, I will repost later ! For the time being I would say ' BEWARE ' !”

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Kay Cee · Taken for 10 years or more September 12, 2018

For High Blood Pressure: “I have been on Norvasc for over 17 years now. Before Norvasc my doctor tried me on other BP meds and it didn't keep my pressure down, But when my doctor put me on Norvasc 5mg. My pressure is always beautiful as long as I take my Norvasc. So I want to thank the company who made this pressure pill because it work wonders for me. 17 plus years on Norvasc and will not have it any other way. The number 10 is not high enough to rate this pill.”

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Dann k November 8, 2011

For High Blood Pressure: “I have been taking Amlodipine (Norvasc) for about 2 months. Norvasc (Amlodipine Besylate 5 mg) did lower my blood pressure from 150's over 80's to 120's over 60's. That's great. Problem is with side effects every day. Intestinal cramps, diarrhea, gas. Begins about 5 hours after I take the pill. Stomach (intestines ?) roll constantly for about 3 hours. I am going to try splitting the pills in half and see if lower dosage stops the side effects. If not, I guess I'll go back to the doctor and try something else for blood pressure. It seems like all of these blood pressure pills have side effects of one kind or another.”

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patsygirl November 29, 2011

For High Blood Pressure: “I have been on Narvasc 5mg for about 4 months. It doesn't control my blood pressure for the 24 hours and my pulse constantly stays elevated. I have swelling in my feet and ankles and I'm tired all the time. I get flushing sensations and ringing in my ears sometimes. Also feel dizzy at times and have dry mouth. All these medications are horrible. We have no choice but to suffer if we take them or not take them. ”

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Nille · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 24, 2016

For High Blood Pressure: “The medicine works rapidly and the 5mg daily dosage is still effective for me after several years of treatment. There's only been a few occasions that I've experienced any side effects after the first few initial doses of medicine. The one I experienced most was sleepiness. Otherwise, I take one pill every evening at bedtime and I'm fine until the next dose.”

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Mcna · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 22, 2015

For High Blood Pressure: “Norvasc caused extreme leg and ankle edema and did not improve hypertension much. After 6 weeks of use I was put on lisinopril and within 2 days had no more leg swelling and blood pressure lowered greatly. So far so good on new medication.”

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PTBadman December 26, 2014

For High Blood Pressure: “I've only been on Norvasc for a week and so far the only side effect is difficulty falling asleep and waking up periodically through the night. I know its the Norvasc since I work a very early shift and am generally exhausted by the time its ready for bed. If it continues I'll look into switching medications. However the first blood pressure medication I was on has a worse side effect. Uncontrollable coughing. I had to stop taking it after about a month.”

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pleblanc · Taken for 10 years or more September 19, 2016

For High Blood Pressure: “I have been taking Norvasc for probably 30 years. The first 20, the drug worked to lower my blood pressure well. In the last ten years, I've been plagued with scorching legs. It has literally ruined my life. Doctors never even had a clue and I never thought it was Norvasc that was hurting me until I had trouble a week ago getting the prescription filled I was out of for 4 days. On the 4th day without taking it, my legs were feeling pretty good. I got my prescription refilled took the pill and the next day, I was back to debilitating pain. I haven't taken it since. I am now feeling pressure in my head as I've always been prone to migraine headaches. I never got one after I started taking Norvasc. I think I'll take the migraines.”

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