Compare Bystolic vs. Norvasc
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Bystolic (Nebivolol) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine for people with heart conditions, and has fewer side effects than other beta blockers, but it's expensive. You can't miss doses.
Norvasc (Amlodipine) works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.
- Controls your heart rate to reduce work for your heart.
- A first-line treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
- Helps to lower blood pressure if you can't use first-choice treatments or need additional blood pressure control.
- Many beta blockers can worsen asthma or cause headaches, but Bystolic usually doesn't because it targets the heart more specifically and causes fewer side effects.
- A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
- Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure.
- Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly.
- Each dose lasts longer than other calcium channel blockers, which keeps blood pressure consistent without big ups and downs.
- Particularly good at lowering systolic blood pressure (the top number), so it's a good option for older people who can commonly get high blood pressure only in the top number.
- Not available in less expensive generic form.
- Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
- Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
- You can't miss doses. Stopping Bystolic suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Calcium channel blockers can cause swelling in your limbs. If this happens for you, it probably won't get better over time, so talk to your doctor about alternatives if it bothers you.
- Women are more likely to have side effects (especially swelling) from Amlodipine than men.
- Some people might experience flushing with this medication.
- You can't miss doses. Stopping Amlodipine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- If you have severe heart disease, using Amlodipine might increase your risk of chest pain or heart attack during the time right after starting the medication or raising the dosage.
- Might not be a good choice if you have liver disease.
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- Abdominal pain2%
- Heart problems
Sudden discontinuation of medicine
- Trouble breathing (bronchospastic disease)
History of asthma
- Low blood sugar unawareness
History of diabetes
- Low heart rate (bradycardia)
Age 65 years or older
...and 1 more risk factors
- Low blood pressure
Age 65 years or older
- Heart attack
History of heart problems
- Special dosing requirements
- Foot and leg swelling (edema)
History of blood vessel disease
...and 3 more risk factors