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Norvasc belong to the group of drugs known as calcium channel blockers. Norvasc relaxes the muscles of the blood vessels thereby making it easier for the heart to pump as well as reduce its burden. Norvasc is also used in treatment of hypertension and angina.
Things to keep in mind before prescribing this drug:
Before taking this medicine Norvasc, inform your doctor in case you are suffering from liver disease, heart disease, sick sinus syndrome, heart failure, aortic stenosis, coronary heart disease and low blood pressure. Norvasc falls under FDA pregnancy category C which states means that there is no evidence whether this drug can cause any harm to the fetus during pregnancy or not. Hence, it is better to consult the doctor in case you are pregnant or planning for pregnancy. You should not stop using this medicine all of a sudden without consulting the doctor as this may lead to serious and severe consequences. There is no proof till now whether Norvasc passes into breast milk or not so better not use this medicine while breast feeding your baby without consulting the physician.
How to take this drug?
Norvasc should be taken as per the doctor’s instruction. Do not consume this medicine in excess as it may cause adverse effects on your health. Take each dose of this medicine with a glassful of water. Complete the entire course of Norvasc treatment even if you feel better in order to avoid complications in the future.
What are the possible side effects associated with this drug?
Norvasc may cause various side effects which may include the following:
• Allergic reactions resulting in breathing problems, hives and swelling of face, lips, tongue and throat;
• Irregular heart beat;
• Chest pain, psychosis, severe giddiness or fainting;
• Jaundice resulting in yellowing of skin or eyes;
• Swelling of legs an ankles;
• Nausea, headache, diarrhea, constipation, insomnia;
• Fatigue, flushing, abdominal discomfort, micturition problems.
Contact the doctor as soon as possible in case you experience any of the conditions mentioned above during the course of Norvasc treatment.