Norvasc is a calcium-channel blocker. Norvasc affects the amount of calcium found in your heart and muscle cells. This relaxes your blood vessels, which can reduce the amount of work the heart has to do. Norvasc is prescribed to lower high blood pressure and to prevent chest pain.
Norvasc controls chest pain by increasing the supply of blood to the heart.
Norvasc controls chest pain but it does not stop chest pain once it starts.
Norvasc is in a class of medications called calcium channel blockers.
Norvasc is prescribed alone or in combination with other drugs to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina).
Norvasc lowers blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels so the heart does not have to pump as hard.
Norvasc is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- An unusual or allergic reaction to Norvasc, other drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- Heart problems like heart failure or aortic stenosis;
- Liver disease;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Norvasc or any other medications;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what script and nonscript 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;
Do not take Norvasc with any of the following drugs:
- Drugs for high blood pressure;
- Drugs for prostate problems;
- Herbal or dietary supplements;
- Local or general anesthetics;
Norvasc side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Trouble sleeping;
- Tired, weak;
- Swelling of legs or ankles;
- Stomach gas, pain;
- Nausea, vomiting;
- Fast, irregular heartbeat;
- Facial flushing;
- Dry mouth;
- Chest pain;
- Changes in vision or hearing;
- Breathing problems;
- Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
- Swelling of the hands feet ankles or lower legs;
- Upset stomach;
- Stomach pain;
- Dizziness or lightheadedness;
- Excessive tiredness;
- Flushing (feeling of warmth);
- More frequent or more severe chest pain;
- Rapid pounding or irregular heartbeat;
Reported Norvasc overdose symptoms are:
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
The usual starting dose is 5 mg taken once a day. The most you should take in a day is 10 mg. If your doctor is adding Norvasc, Amlip, Stamlo5, Amlodipine, Amlogard, Amlopres to other high blood pressure medications, the dose is 2.5 mg once daily. The lower 2.5-mg starting dose also applies if you have liver disease.
Children 6 to 17 Years
The usual dose is 2.5 to 5 mg once a day. Doses exceeding 5 mg have not been studied in children.
You will be prescribed a lower starting dose of 2.5 mg.
The usual starting dose is 5 to 10 mg once daily. If you have liver disease, the lower 5-mg dose will be prescribed at the start.
The usual starting dose is 5 mg. Your doctor may adjust the dose based on your response to the drug.