5.1/ 7 average rating with 443 reviewsforNorvasc

Norvasc
Alternatives

(Amlodipine)

Norvasc (Amlodipine)

Prescription only

Plendil (felodipine)

Prescription only
1 of 12 alternatives
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.

Plendil (felodipine) works well to lower blood pressure, but it may cause swelling in your arms and legs at higher doses.

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.
  • Plendil (felodipine) is a good option for people with high blood pressure.
  • Calcium channel blockers sometimes work better for people of African descent than other blood pressure lowering drugs.
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.
  • Plendil (felodipine) may not work as well as other calcium channel blockers.
  • It can lead to more swelling in your arms and legs when taken at higher doses.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Plendil (felodipine) could cause a sudden spike in blood pressure.
  • Plendil (felodipine) can't be crushed or cut into two.
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  • Pill
  • Extended release
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Reviews
443 
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think this treatment is worth it
50%
think this treatment works well
15%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Fatigue
    5%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
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8possible side effects
  • Headache
    10%
  • Swelling
    9%
  • Flushing
    5%
  • Racing heart beat
    4%
  • Weakness
    3%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Colds or flu
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • 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

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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  • Low blood pressure

    Over age 65

  • Heart failure

    Taking in combination with a beta-blocker

  • Special dosing requirements

    Liver disease

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Swelling in arms and legs

    History of heart failure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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