WHAT IS NORVASC
Norvasc belongs to a group of medicines known as calcium antagonists.
Norvasc is indicated for the treatment of hypertension or a certain type of chest pain (angina), including Prinzmetal. Norvasc may be used to reduce the risk of fatal coronary heart disease, risk of myocardial infarction and to reduce stroke risk.
Norvasc may be used in patients with coronary heart disease to reduce the risk of coronary revascularization.
Norvasc is used to treat severe chronic heart failure without ischemia.
In patients with hypertension, Norvasc relaxes blood vessels, thus facilitating blood circulation. In patients with angina, Norvasc improves blood supply to heart muscle, therefore giving more oxygen preventing chest pain. Norvasc is well tolerated by patients with heart failure and a history of hypertension or angina.
BEFORE starting treatment with NORVASC
Do not take Norvasc if:
– you are allergic to amlodipine, other medicines or other components of the dihydropyridine group. Allergy may manifest as itching and redness of the skin or difficulty in breathing.
Special attention is needed with Norvasc if:
– you have cardiogenic shock, severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valves of the heart) or unstable angina
– If you have just suffered a heart attack or a crisis of hypertension
– If you have liver disease
– If you have heart failure
– If you are under 18 years
Norvasc should not be used during pregnancy unless your doctor tells you so. Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any medicine during pregnancy.
Norvasc should not be used during breastfeeding unless your doctor recommends so. Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any medicine during breastfeeding.
Driving and using machines
Clinical experience shows that it is unlikely that taking Norvasc to affect patient’s ability to drive or operate machinery.
How to take NORVASC
Always take Norvasc strictly respecting what the physician said. If you still have questions you should ask your doctor or pharmacist.
The usual dose is one tablet 5 mg Norvasc (amlodipine 5 mg) per day. In coronary artery disease will be recommended a dose of 5 mg or 10 mg amlodipine once a day.
Norvasc is advisable to use at the same time of day with a glass of water. Take the tablet every day. It is important to take the tablets regularly. This will help to maintain efficiency. Go to your doctor before the end of the tablets, as may be necessary to renew the prescription. If you feel that the effect of Norvasc is too strong or too weak, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In children is not recommended because safety and efficiency of amlodipine in children have not been established.
If you take too many tablets of Norvasc:
Too many tablets taken can harm and even be dangerous. If you suddenly take more tablets than prescribed, you should immediately contact your doctor or closest hospital.
If you miss a dose of Norvasc:
Do not worry. If you miss a dose, take the next dose at the usual time without counting the missed dose. Do not take a double dose to recover the amount you forgot.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like other medicines, Norvasc may cause side effects.
The most common are: headache, edema (eg ankle swelling), fatigue, drowsiness, malaise, abdominal pain, flushing with heat sensation, palpitations (rapid or irregular heartbeat), dizziness.
Inform your doctor if these effects persist or bother you more than a week.
The following adverse reactions were uncommonly reported in patients taking Norvasc: hair loss, skin discoloration, abnormal bowel movements, joint pain, weakness, back pain, growth / weight loss, indigestion, vomiting , gastritis, shortness of breath, cough, swelling of gum, breast enlargement in men, increased blood glucose, impotence, frequent need to urinate, frequent urination during the night, various urinary disorders, low white cell count blood, malaise, mood swings, insomnia, dry mouth, muscle cramps, muscle aches, inflammation of peripheral nerves, hypertonia, hypoesthesia / paresthesia, tremor, pancreatitis, increased sweating, hypotension, syncope, decreased platelet count blood, purpura, inflammation of blood vessels, taste disturbance, ringing in the ears and blurred vision.
All medicines may cause allergic reactions. The following adverse reactions have been rarely observed in patients taking Norvasc: itchy skin, rash, swelling of the larynx and a condition called erythema multiforme (skin and swollen parts of the mouth). Serious allergic reactions are very rare and seldom life-threatening. Any sudden wheezing, difficulty breathing, swelling of eyelids, face or lips, rash or itchy skin (especially on the entire body) immediately report to doctor.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any other side effects not listed in this leaflet.
HOW TO STORE NORVASC
Do not use after expiry date stated on the packaging. Store below 25 ° C in the original package. Keep away from children.