Compare Norvasc vs. Zestoretic

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Norvasc
(amlodipine)

Zestoretic
(lisinopril / hydrochlorothiazide)

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.Lowers blood pressure. Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide is a good 2-in-1 blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.
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Best available price for 30 (20mg/12.5mg) tablets of zestoretic
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5.09Norvasc
Reviews for Norvasc
58%
of people (All ages) say Norvasc is worth it
50%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
443 reviews
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Reviews for Zestoretic
51%
+7% better vs. Norvasc
40%
+10% better vs. Norvasc
17%
+2% better vs. Norvasc
294 reviews
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Side effects
NorvascZestoretic
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 2%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Heart pounding or racing sensation 5%
  • Flushing 3%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Abdominal pain 2%
  • Drowsiness 2%
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  • Dizziness 6%
  • Headache 3%
  • Cough 3%
  • Fatigue 3%
  • Orthostatic effects 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Upper respiratory infection 2%
  • Muscle cramps 2%
  • Muscle weakness 1%
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How it works
NorvascZestoretic
Norvasc (Amlodipine) is a calcium channel blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing your heart rate and relaxing your blood vessels. Your heart gets more oxygen and doesn't have to work as hard to pump, which can relieve chest pain.Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide is a combination medicine. Lisinopril (an ACE inhibitor) lowers blood pressure by making blood vessels relax. Hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic or water pill) lowers blood pressure and swelling by removing extra fluid from your body.
Type of medication
NorvascZestoretic
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
NorvascZestoretic
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
NorvascZestoretic
Risk factors for serious side effects
NorvascZestoretic
  • Age 65 years or older
  • History of heart problems
  • Liver disease
  • History of blood vessel disease
  • History of heart failure
Detailed Norvasc (amlodipine) risks & warnings »
  • Women of childbearing age
  • African descent
  • People requiring high flux dialysis
  • History of kidney disease
  • Current kidney problems
Detailed Zestoretic (lisinopril / hydrochlorothiazide) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Interactions
NorvascZestoretic
  • Interacts with the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin.
No interactions related info.
Kidneys and liver
NorvascZestoretic
  • Your body uses your liver to break down Norvasc (Amlodipine) and remove it from your blood. If you have liver disease you may not be able to remove Norvasc (Amlodipine) as quickly from your blood as someone with a healthy liver. You should increase the dose of Norvasc (Amlodipine) slowly and watch closely for how it is working in your body. Increasing the dose slowly will lower your chances of having side effects.
  • Might not be a good choice if you have liver disease.
  • Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide) can cause severe allergic reactions, including death, to patients who required certain types of kidney dialysis. Talk to your prescriber if you are undergoing dialysis to discuss possible alternative medications.
  • Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide) can cause kidney damage, especially if you already have a history of kidney disease. Talk to your doctor to discuss possible alternatives if this is a concern.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
Pain
NorvascZestoretic
  • Worsening heart pain or increased risk of heart attack is possible when you first start taking Norvasc (Amlodipine). This can also happen after you increase the dose of Norvasc (Amlodipine). Notify your doctor immediately if you experience any heart pain, radiating jaw pain, crushing chest pain, or persistent racing heartbeat.
No pain related info.
Upsides and benefits
NorvascZestoretic
  • 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.
  • Combination medicine for people with high blood pressure. Doctors might prescribe it when you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure.
  • The two drugs in Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide work together to lower blood pressure, remove extra water from your body, and lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
Downsides and risks
NorvascZestoretic
  • 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.
  • Comes in fixed dosage strengths, so it's harder for your doctor to adjust your dose.
  • Up to 1 in 10 people can get a dry cough with this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
  • Makes you urinate more often.
  • Doesn't work as well in people with severe kidney problems.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
NorvascZestoretic
  • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • Interacts with the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin.
  • Can cause ankle or foot swelling.
  • Can cause gum overgrowth. Ask your dentist to check for this side effect.
  • Makes you urinate more often, so avoid taking it at bedtime.
  • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
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