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Generic Norvasc - Amlodipine
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CLASS and MECHANISM of Action
Generic "Norvasc" is a long-acting calcium channel blocker used as an anti-hypertensive and in the treatment of angina. As other calcium channel blockers, Generic "Norvasc" acts by relaxing the smooth muscle in the arterial wall, decreasing peripheral resistance and hence reducing blood pressure; in angina it increases blood flow to the myocardium.
Active Ingredients: Amlodipine
Inactive Ingredients: cellulose, dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, sodium starch glycolate, and magnesium stearate.
What is Generic "Norvasc" PRESCRIBED for?
Generic "Norvasc" helps control high blood pressure for a full 24 hours. And it can be used to treat the chest pain of angina. Generic "Norvasc" works to relax your blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily through them. The end result is lower blood pressure and less angina. This medicine must be taken regularly to prevent chest pain. It will not be effective if you take it only when pain occurs. It also controls high blood pressure but does not cure it. Therefore, it is important that you take this medicine as directed, even if you do not feel sick.
How should I take Generic "Norvasc"?
Generic "Norvasc" comes in tablets. These tablets should be swallowed whole, with a full glass of water, unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Generic "Norvasc" usually is taken once a day. Try to take this medicine at the same time that you do something else each day, such as brushing your teeth in the morning or eating dinner. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your pharmacist or doctor to explain any part that you do not understand.
Store Generic "Norvasc" at controlled room temperature, 59° to 86°F (15° to 30°C) and dispense in tight, light-resistant containers.
What are the CONTRADICTIONS for taking Generic "Norvasc"?
Before taking Generic "Norvasc":
∑ tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Generic "Norvasc" or any other medications.
∑ tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking.
∑ tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart failure or liver disease.
∑ tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Generic "Norvasc", call your doctor.
What Happens if I MISS A DOSE?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose.
What Happens if I OVERDOSE?
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services. Symptoms of overdose may include: dizziness,fainting, rapid heartbeat
What are the possible SIDE EFFECTS of Generic "Norvasc"?
Generic "Norvasc" may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- upset stomach
- stomach pain
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- excessive tiredness
- flushing (feeling of warmth)
Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
- more frequent or more severe chest pain
- rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
What other drugs can INTERACT with Generic "Norvasc"?
Do not take Generic "Norvasc" with any of the following:
- substitute salts which contain potassium
Generic "Norvasc" may also interact with the following medications:
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
- antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen)
- drospirenone; ethinyl estradiol
- grapefruit juice
- herbal or dietary supplements such as ginkgo biloba, ginseng, hawthorn, ma huang (ephedra), melatonin, St. John's wort, red yeast rice
- hymenoptera venom
- imatinib, STI-571
- local anesthetics or general anesthetics
- medicines for diabetes
- medicines for fungal infections (fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole)
- medicines for high blood pressure
- medicines for HIV infection or AIDS
- medicines for prostate problems
- monoamine oxidase inhibitors (Azilect, Eldepryl, Emsam, Marplan, Nardil, Parnate, Zelaparô)
- rifampin, rifapentine, or rifabutin
- some antibiotics (clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin, trimethoprim, troleandomycin)
- some medicines for heart-rhythm problems (amiodarone, diltiazem, verapamil)
- some medicines for depression or mental problems (fluvoxamine, nefazodone)
- water pills or diuretics (especially amiloride, triamterene, or spironolactone)
Keep all appointments with your doctor so that your response to Generic "Norvasc" can be checked and your dose adjusted accordingly. Your doctor might ask you to check your pulse (heart rate) daily and will tell you how rapid it should be. Ask your pharmacist or doctor to teach you how to take your pulse. If your pulse is slower than it should be, contact your doctor about taking Generic "Norvasc" that day. You might also be asked to record your blood pressure while taking this medicine. Be sure that you always have enough of this medicine on hand. Check your supply before vacations, holidays, and other occasions when you might be unable to obtain it.