Norvasc is a drug prescribed to treat hypertension, angina or chest pain and other conditions that your doctor may deem curable with the drug. Norvasc belongs to a drug group that are called calcium channel blockers. These drugs relax the blood vessels to enable the heart to pump blood more easily.
Norvasc is in tablet form so it should be taken orally. Typically, the drug is taken once daily with food or milk. Your doctor will inquire about your diet and lifestyle before giving you your prescription. He will also advise you to follow a low-sodium diet while taking Norvasc.
Tell your doctor if you have aortic stenosis, coronary artery disease, heart disease, liver disease, low blood pressure or sick sinus syndrome. Inform him as well if you are pregnant as Norvasc may or may not be harmful to your unborn baby. Your doctor may advise you not to take Norvasc if you have any of the mentioned conditions. However, he may also prescribe Norvasc but with an adjusted dosage and proper monitoring.
Take the dose you missed once you remember it but skip it if it is nearly time for the next scheduled dose.
It is rare for patients to experience side effects when taking Norvasc. However, side effects can be unpredictable. Some possible side effects include abnormal dreams, allergic reaction, chest pain, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, flushing, insomnia, irregular heartbeat, jaundice, psychosis, swollen ankles or legs and urination difficulty. Seek medical help immediately if symptoms are severe.
Store Norvasc in a tight container that is resistant to light. Keep the drug at room temperature.
If you overdose on Norvasc, you may experience any of the following: slurred speech, chest pain, weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, fainting and even a coma. So, immediately seek medical attention.
Your doctor must be aware of your full medical history to give you a dosage appropriate to your lifestyle and medical condition.