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Azor Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is amlodipine and olmesartan (Azor)?
- What are the possible side effects of amlodipine and olmesartan (Azor)?
- What is the most important information I should know about amlodipine and olmesartan (Azor)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking amlodipine and olmesartan (Azor)?
- How should I take amlodipine and olmesartan (Azor)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Azor)?
- What happens if I overdose (Azor)?
- What should I avoid while taking amlodipine and olmesartan (Azor)?
- What other drugs will affect amlodipine and olmesartan (Azor)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking amlodipine and olmesartan (Azor)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to amlodipine (Norvasc) or olmesartan (Benicar).
If you have diabetes or kidney disease, you may not be able to take amlodipine and olmesartan if you are also taking a blood pressure medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, or Valturna).
To make sure amlodipine and olmesartan is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
- liver disease;
- angina (chest pain);
- heart disease, coronary artery disease;
- congestive heart failure;
- if you are 75 years or older; or
- if you have recently had a heart attack.
If you are also taking a beta-blocker, do not suddenly stop using the beta blocker without first talking to your doctor. Stopping a beta blocker too quickly can cause serious heart problems that will not be prevented by amlodipine and olmesartan. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Amlodipine and olmesartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control.
It is not known whether amlodipine and olmesartan passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using amlodipine and olmesartan.
How should I take amlodipine and olmesartan (Azor)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
You may take this medication with or without food.
You may have very low blood pressure while taking this medication. Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using amlodipine and olmesartan. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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