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08 Feb 2012 04:22 PM

Amlodipine, the Drug for High Blood Pressure


Amlodipine is used for the treatment of high blood pressure and disorders that occur due to coronary artery disease. Such disorders include chest pain and other conditions. Amlodipine is sold under the brand name Norvasc. The medicine belongs to the category of medicines called the calcium channel blockers. It helps in relaxing and widening blood vessels, thus improving the flow of blood. The medicine is prescribed to adults as well as children above six years of age.
If you want to take Amlodipine, you must consult a doctor and inform him about any previous occurrence of heart failure or liver disorder. You must not drink alcohol when taking the medicine as it can the blood pressure decrease. There may be side effects of the medicines in such cases. If you are suffering from high blood pressure and undergoing treatment, you must take the Amlodipine at times when you are feeling well. The patient must take the medicine for the whole life. As a part of the treatment, Norvasc is prescribed along with diet and exercise. Your doctor may recommend weight control along with other medicines. When you start taking Norvasc, you may experience chest main that worsens. Consult the doctor in case you feel severe chest pain.
Patients who have an allergy for amlodipine must not take Norvasc. If a patient is taking beta-blocker medicine, he must not suddenly stop taking the medicine without consulting a doctor as it can lead to heart problems. Effect of Norvasc on pregnant women is not known. If you wish to use the medicine in pregnancy, you must consult a doctor. Breast-feeding should be avoided while taking the medicine.
You must take Norvasc according to the doctor’s prescription. Take the doses of the medicines as prescribed. Read the prescription label. Patients must take Norvasc once daily. The dosage can be changed by the doctor. If you miss a dose, take the medicine when you remember. If it is time for the next dose, you can skip the dose that you missed. Do not make up for the missed dose by taking extra medicine. If you take overdose, go for emergency medical help and consultation. Symptoms of overdose are fast heartbeat, dizziness, and fainting. When you are undergoing treatment with Norvasc, you should not get up fast after sitting or lying down. This can lead to dizziness. For preventing a fall, you must get up slowly.
Amlodipine has some serious side effects like feeling of passing out, fast heartbeat and fluttering of chest. There may be a swelling in the limbs. You may have chest pain and shoulder pain. There may be nausea and sweating. Less serious side effects of the medicine include headache, drowsiness, and flushing. There may be feeling of tiredness and pain in the stomach.
Some medicines affect Norvasc. You must tell the doctor about other medicines that you are taking, especially when you are using simvastatin, vitamins, herbal medicines and any other medicine for blood pressure or heart ailments. You must not use a new medicine without consulting a doctor.
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