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Lowers blood pressure.

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


  • 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.
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  • 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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What to expect when you take Norvasc (Amlodipine) for Lowers blood pressure

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  • 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.
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Side effects for Norvasc (Amlodipine)

From clinical trials of Norvasc / High blood pressure or coronary artery disease  ( 2980)

  • FatigueFatigue5% for Amlodipine vs.3% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea3% for Amlodipine vs.2% for placebo
  • Abdominal painAbdominal pain2% for Amlodipine vs.0% for placebo
  • DrowsinessDrowsiness1% for Amlodipine vs.0% for placebo

Risks and Warnings for Norvasc (Amlodipine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 65 years or older

    You can experience dizziness due to a drop in blood pressure. This is a common early side effect of many medications that lower blood pressure including Norvasc (Amlodipine). Typically this will go away over time as your body gets used to the lowered blood pressure. It may be more likely to occur when you change posture, such as going from sitting to standing. If you're sensitive to low blood pressure, change position slowly. If the dizziness is unbearable then talk with your doctor. A different medication may be better for you.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Norvasc (Amlodipine)

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  • Norvasc (Amlodipine) can cause varying degrees of swelling in your limbs. The most commonly affected areas are your feet, ankles, legs, or occasionally your arms. Swelling may be worse if you have other conditions that makes it hard for your body to get rid of fluids such as congestive heart failure or kidney disease. If your swelling is caused by Norvasc (Amlodipine), it should improve when you stop taking the medication. If the swelling is bothersome, a different medication may be better for you.