Generic Name: Amlodipin, Amlohexal Brand Name: Norvasc
This medication description is not meant for treatment prescription without the intervention of a specialist
Amlohexal (Norvasc) is in a group of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It works by relaxing (dilating) your blood vessels, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing heart rate, which lowers the workload on the heart. It also dilates coronary arteries increasing blood flow to the heart. Amlodipine is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) or chest pain (angina).
How to use:
Before taking amlodipine, tell your doctor if you have congestive heart failure or liver disease. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking amlodipine. Alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of amlodipine. If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel fine. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life. Amlohexal is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, and other medications. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely. Tell your doctor about all other heart or blood pressure medications you are taking.
Warning and Precautions:
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to Amlohexal. If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before taking amlodipine, tell your doctor if you have:
congestive heart failure; or liver disease.
If you are also taking a beta-blocker drug (such as Blocadren, Corgard, Inderal, Normodyne, Tenormin, Toprol, Trandate, Zebeta, and others) do not suddenly stop using the beta-blocker without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely. Stopping a beta-blocker too quickly can cause serious heart problems that will not be prevented by amlodipine. FDA pregnancy category C. Amlodipine may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether amlodipine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Important safety information:
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Amlohexal. Alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of Amlohexal.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
feeling like you might pass out; swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet; chest pain; slow, fast, or pounding heartbeats; easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness; numbness, burning, pain, or tingly feeling; or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).
Less serious amlodipine side effects may include:
headache; drowsiness, depression, nervousness; dizziness, spinning sensation; warmth or redness under your skin; nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite; diarrhea, constipation; urinating more than usual; sleep problems (insomnia); strange dreams; mild skin rash or itching; joint or muscle pain; dry mouth, thirst, increased sweating; or weight changes.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have taken too much amlodipine. Overdose symptoms may include warmth or tingly feeling, severe dizziness, and fainting.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Storage conditions: Amlohexal should be kept away from heat, direct light, water, moisture at a room temperature (approximately 23 degrees C). The medicine should be kept in a place unreachable for children.
All information given above is a summary. You must visit your doctor, pharmacies or health care provider can provide more information about this medicine. Do not share this medicine with others for whom it was not prescribed. Do not use this medicine for other health conditions. Do not store medication with end term of storage.
Amlohexal is a medication that is used for the treatment of hypertension, or high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to serious medical issues if it is not treated properly. It is also used to treat angina, or tightness in the chest that usually spreads to the arms, neck, shoulders and back. Angina is usually a condition that is caused by a lack of oxygen flow to the heart.
This medication is part of a group of medications known as calcium channel blockers.
They work by expanding the blood vessels so that it is easier for the heart to get the blood circulating around the body so that it assists in increasing the amount of oxygen and blood to your heart. It is important to note that calcium channel blockers do not affect the calcium levels that are in your bones or blood.
Amlohexal is only available by a doctor’s prescription and is not to be used to treat sudden attacks of angina. Amlohexal is not recommended for use in children under the age of 12.
This medication is not recommended for those who have allergic reactions to either this medication or any other medication that is part of the calcium channel blockers category. Allergic reaction symptoms include hives, itchy skin, wheezing, troubles breathing, cough, shortness of breath, fainting or swelling of the face, tongue, lips or throat.
Your doctor and pharmacist must be aware of certain things before you are prescribed this medication. They must be aware of any allergies you have to medications, foods, dyes or preservatives. Also, they need to be aware of any medical conditions you may have, especially liver conditions and heart disease. If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, your doctor may have you hold off on taking this medication until the risks as well as benefits are assessed thoroughly. In addition, if you are breastfeeding or have plans to breastfeed, you may want to discuss with your doctor the risks as well as the benefits involved prior to taking this medication. Other things your doctor needs to know before you start taking Amlohexal is if you are having surgery or anesthesia in the near future, you are planning to have any dental treatment completed in the near future or any vitamins or supplements you may be taking.
There are certain medications that may interact with Amlohexal. These medications include angina medications like diltiazem, antibiotics such as erythromycin, antifungals such as itraconazole, St. John’s Wort, grapefruit, cholesterol lowering medication like simvastatin or HIV medications such as ritonavir.