Drug: Norvasc

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What exactly is Norvasc?

Norvasc, which works by dilating blood vessels, and enhancing blood flow and oxygen to the heart as well as reducing its workload, is a medication classified under calcium channel blockers that are effective in treating hypertension (high blood pressure) as well as angina (chest pain).

How does it work?

The manner in which Norvasc operates involves inhibiting the influx of calcium ions into vascular smooth muscle and cardiac muscle. These actions lower intracellular calcium levels leading to arterial dilation and hence decreased blood pressure improved coronary perfusion.

The pluses of taking this drug

  • Effective Management of High Blood Pressure: Helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.
  • Relief from Angina: Reduces the frequency of angina attacks and increases your ability to exercise.
  • Long-acting: Requires only once-daily dosing, enhancing treatment compliance.

Possible Side Effects

Norvasc is tolerated by many people but may have side effects such as:

  • migraine;
  • dizziness;
  • bloating;
  • A feeling like you might pass out;
  • tiredness.

Rare but serious side effects include severe dizziness, fainting, symptoms of a heart attack or stroke must be referred for immediate medical intervention.

Dosing Information

The usual starting dose for adults is 5 mg daily with a maximum dose of 10 mg daily. Dosage adjustments should be made based on patient response and tolerance, under medical supervision.

Precautions and Interactions

Inform your healthcare provider about your medical history, especially concerning heart disease, liver disease, or a history of heart failure. Norvasc can interact with other medications, so it's crucial to discuss all medications, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements, with your healthcare provider.


In the management of high blood pressure and angina, Norvasc is an essential drug. It has a good safety profile and efficacy that makes it a preferred choice for many patients. Nonetheless, like any other medication norvasc should be used only under the guidance of a healthcare professional taking into consideration potential side effects as well as interactions.

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