Norvasc is useful in the treatment of not just hypertension but also angina and chest pain.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take Norvasc with a meal or without one. Please drink a full glass of water with Norvasc. It can also be taken with certain other medicines for high blood pressure as and when required.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store Norvasc at room temperature. Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
An overdose of Norvasc may have adverse effects that require immediate medical attention. Contact the nearest emergency control center immediately if you notice effects like a drop in your blood pressure or faster heartbeats.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Your condition might be monitored or the dosage might be modified to suit you if you have conditions like liver or heart diseases, sinus syndrome or even low blood pressure.
Norvasc is in the FDA Category C.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using Norvasc to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using Norvasc as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include fatigue or tiredness along with headache, insomnia, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, difficulty in urination, flushing and constipation and also abnormal dreams.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like an allergic reaction leading to a difficulty in breathing, swelling of various parts of the body, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, psychosis, severe dizziness, and jaundice and yellowing of the skin and the eyes.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.