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Exforge Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is amlodipine and valsartan (Exforge)?
- What are the possible side effects of amlodipine and valsartan (Exforge)?
- What is the most important information I should know about amlodipine and valsartan (Exforge)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking amlodipine and valsartan (Exforge)?
- How should I take amlodipine and valsartan (Exforge)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Exforge)?
- What happens if I overdose (Exforge)?
- What should I avoid while taking amlodipine and valsartan (Exforge)?
- What other drugs will affect amlodipine and valsartan (Exforge)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking amlodipine and valsartan (Exforge)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to amlodipine (Norvasc) or valsartan (Diovan).
If you have diabetes or kidney disease, you may not be able to take amlodipine and valsartan if you are also taking a blood pressure medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, or Valturna).
To make sure amlodipine and valsartan is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
- liver disease;
- congestive heart failure;
- angina (chest pain), severe coronary artery disease;
- if you are vomiting or having diarrhea; or
- if you have recently had a heart attack.
If you are also taking a beta-blocker (such as Betapace, Coreg, Corgard, Dutoprol, Inderal, InnoPran, Lopressor, Normodyne, Tenormin, Tenoretic, Toprol, Trandate, and others), do not suddenly stop using the beta blocker without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely. Stopping a beta blocker too quickly can cause serious heart problems that will not be prevented by amlodipine and valsartan.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use amlodipine and valsartan if you are pregnant. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Valsartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control while taking this medication.
It is not known whether amlodipine and valsartan passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while taking amlodipine and valsartan.
How should I take amlodipine and valsartan (Exforge)?
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.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water (8 ounces).
Amlodipine and valsartan may be taken with or without food.
Conditions that may cause very low blood pressure include: vomiting, diarrhea, heavy sweating, heart disease, dialysis, a low-salt diet, or taking diuretics (water pills). Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your kidney function may also need to be checked.
If you need to undergo kidney dialysis or have any type of surgery, tell the doctor ahead of time that you are using amlodipine and valsartan.
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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