Norvasc is used to treat chest pain (angina) and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease.
Norvasc is also used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering blood pressure may lower your risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Norvasc may also be prescribed for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before you take Norvasc...
Before taking Norvasc, tell your doctor if you have congestive heart failure or liver disease.
Avoid drinking alcohol when taking Norvasc.
Dosages of Norvasc varies by patient. Use Norvasc exactly as prescribed by your doctor and/or the directions on your prescription label.
You may take Norvasc with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day.
Your chest pain may become worse when you first start taking Norvasc or when your dose is increased. Call your doctor if your chest pain is severe or ongoing.
Norvasc is often prescribed alongside exercise and diet to help prevent heart complications.
Do not stop taking Norvasc if you start to feel better if your doctor has not indicated that you should stop. High blood pressure often has no symptoms.
If you miss a dose of Norvasc, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you suspect you may have overdosed on Norvasc, or are having an allergic reaction the medication, seek medical attention immediately.
Common side effects include:
-stomach pain, nausea
-flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling)
Severe side effects include:
-pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest
-worsening chest pain
-swelling in your feet or ankles
-a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
This is not a complete list of all side effects. If you experience serious side effects, contact a doctor or your nearest hospital immediately.
There are drugs that interact with Norvasc. You should tell your doctor about all of the medications you use, including prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements and herbal products, and over the counter medications. You should always tell your doctor before you start taking new medication.