Compare Norvasc vs. hydrochlorothiazide

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Norvasc (Amlodipine)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure.

Norvasc (Amlodipine) works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 443 reviewsforNorvasc
Removes water from the body, which lowers blood pressure.

Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)) is a well-tolerated water pill that's often the first-choice treatment for mild high blood pressure.

3.3/ 5 average rating with 139 reviewsforhydrochlorothiazide
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Does a good job getting rid of extra fluids in your body by making you urinate more.
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment. Works especially well for people of African descent.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Good option if you have high blood pressure and heart failure.
  • Most people have very few side effects from Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)).
  • Can be good for patients with osteoporosis since it raises the body's level of calcium.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Makes you urinate more often.
  • Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)) doesn't work well in people with severe kidney problems.
  • It can increase the risk of gout attacks in people with poor kidney function or a history of gout.
  • People with a sulfa allergy may be allergic to Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)).
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Reviews
443 reviews so far
58%
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50%
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15%
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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Fatigue
    5%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
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The Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Low blood pressure
    • Age 65 years or older
  • Heart attack
    • History of heart problems
  • Special dosing requirements
    • Liver disease
  • Foot and leg swelling (edema)
    • History of blood vessel disease
    • History of heart failure
    • History of kidney disease
    • Obesity
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  • Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance
    • Current electrolyte imbalance
    • Lower kidney function
    • Dehydration
  • Severe allergic reactions
    • History of sulfa allergies
  • Gout
    • History of gout
    • Current kidney problems
  • Vision problems
    • History of sulfa or penicillin allergies
  • Higher blood sugars
    • Diabetes
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