Without a Prescription
Norvasc is part of the generic drug class known as calcium channel blockers. It acts by relaxing and widening the passage of blood in blood vessels, thus reducing the heart's workload and increasing the volume of blood pumped in and out of the heart. If you are interested in obtaining further information about Norvasc, ask your personal health care specialist, a pharmacist or a nurse. Also, pharmacists can supply you with an information leaflet containing more specialized information about Norvasc.
The most common uses for Norvasc are in treating patients suffering from Angina and hypertension or high blood pressure. Apart from that, Norvasc can be prescribed in the treatment of other conditions, so if you have any questions about why have you been prescribed Norvasc, consult with your health care specialist.
Special care should be taken in the Norvasc treatment of patients that are suffering of, or have a medical history of:
- Aortic stenosis;
- Coronary artery problems;
- Heart problems;
- Liver disorder;
- Low blood pressure;
- Sick sinus syndrome;
You should also make sure that your personal health care specialist is aware of all the other health problems you might be suffering from, as some cases require special treatment, a modified dose or special monitoring. It has not yet been fully established whether Norvasc can be hazardous to an unborn child's health, so it is advised that you should consult with your personal health care specialist if you are pregnant or planning to become soon. Also, it is not known if the active ingredients in Norvasc can pass into breast milk, so it is best that you consult with your physician before starting Norvasc (Amlodipine) treatment if you are a nursing mother. Norvasc dosage should be significantly lower in patients over the age of 65, as they have an increased chance of developing side effects. Do not interrupt your treatment abruptly, as it may cause unwanted effects.
Consult your personal health care specialist to obtain a detailed list of Norvasc intake guidelines. It is strongly advised that you closely follow these directions. If you have trouble understanding any of the instructions, please ask your doctor, a pharmacist or a nurse to help you by further explaining the guidelines.
For adult patients, the regular Norvasc dosage is of 5 mg per day as a starting dose, and 10 mg per day if this is the only drug prescribed for the treatment of hypertension. For patients suffering from angina, the starting dose can be of 5 to 10 mg per day. If the patient has medical history of liver disease, the starting recommended dosage should be of only 5 mg per day. This is just a general overview of the most commonly prescribed Norvasc dosage and can vary from one individual case to another. Consult with your personal health care specialist to obtain the precise dosage best suited to your case. Never attempt to self medicate, and do not alter the dosage the doctor gave you, either by modifying the dose or the time interval between intakes.
Tests have shown that the most frequent symptoms of Norvasc (Amlodipine) overdose are an abrupt lowering of blood pressure, and irregular heartbeats. Other symptoms may appear as well, so if you have reason to believe that you are suffering from an overdose with Norvasc, immediately contact your personal health care specialist or go to the nearest hospital to seek emergency medical attention.
You should set up a regular intake schedule, so that it will be easier to keep track of your Norvasc timetable and to prevent missing a dose. However, if you happen to miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for another intake. If it is almost time for you to take another dose of Norvasc, skip the missed dose completely and continue with your regular intake schedule. Never take a double dose unless your personal health care specialist directly advises you to do so.
A series of side effects is associated with Norvasc treatment. Some of the most serious symptoms include, but do not limit to:
- Allergic reactions (such as hives, rashes, difficulty breathing, swellings of the lips, tongue or mouth);
- Chest pains;
- Jaundice or yellowing of the skin or eyes;
- Severe dizziness and fainting;
- Swelling of the legs or ankles;
Should you experience any of the said side effects, please contact your personal health care specialist at once or go to the nearest hospital to seek medical attention.
Norvasc treatment can also cause other, less severe side effects. Some of them are, but do not limit to:
- Body malaise;
- Stomach and digestive disorders;
- Urinating problems;
If these symptoms continue over a prolonged period of time, or if they become particularly bothersome, please consult your personal physician to investigate and establish the causes and decide upon the further course of action.
Although no drug reactions have been reported for Norvasc, there are reasons to believe that heart medication can interfere with your treatment with Norvasc. It is advised to let your personal health care specialist know of any drugs that you are taking or recently finished treatment with, as he or she can modify your daily dosage to make sure there are no unwanted interactions during your Norvasc treatment.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Norvasc may also be known as:
- Amlo Tad;
- Amlo Wolff;