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Norvasc Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Norvasc

Generic Name: amlodipine (Pronunciation: am LOE di peen)

What is amlodipine (Norvasc)?

Amlodipine is in a group of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Amlodipine relaxes (widens) blood vessels and improves blood flow.

Amlodipine is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) or chest pain (angina) and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease. This medication is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.

Amlodipine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Amlodipine 10 mg-APO

round, white, imprinted with APO, AML 10

Amlodipine 10 mg-COB

octagonal, white, imprinted with LOGO, AM 10

Amlodipine 10 mg-GRE

round, white, imprinted with G 1540, 10

Amlodipine 10 mg-MYL

round, blue, imprinted with A10, M

Amlodipine 10 mg-ROX

round, white, imprinted with 54 233

Amlodipine 10 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with 93, 7168

Amlodipine 2.5 mg-APO

round, white, imprinted with APO, AML 2.5

Amlodipine 2.5 mg-COB

diamond, white, imprinted with LOGO, AM 2

Amlodipine 2.5 mg-GRE

diamond, white, imprinted with G 1520, 2.5

Amlodipine 2.5 mg-MYL

round, blue, imprinted with M, A8

Amlodipine 2.5 mg-ROX

round, white, imprinted with 54 513

Amlodipine 2.5 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with 93, 83

Amlodipine 5 mg-APO

round, white, imprinted with APO, AML 5

Amlodipine 5 mg-COB

octagonal, white, imprinted with AM 5, LOGO

Amlodipine 5 mg-GRE

octagonal, imprinted with G1530, 5

Amlodipine 5 mg-MYL

round, blue, imprinted with M, A9

Amlodipine 5 mg-ROX

round, white, imprinted with 54 771

Amlodipine 5 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with 93, 7167

Norvasc 10 mg

round, white, imprinted with NORVASC 10

Norvasc 2.5 mg

diamond, white, imprinted with NORVASC, 2.5

Norvasc 5 mg

octagonal, white, imprinted with NORVASC 5

What are the possible side effects of amlodipine (Norvasc)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; or
  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache;
  • dizziness, drowsiness;
  • tired feeling;
  • stomach pain; or
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Norvasc (amlodipine besylate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about amlodipine (Norvasc)?

Before taking amlodipine, tell your doctor if you have congestive heart failure or liver disease.

Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of amlodipine.

If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication 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.

Amlodipine is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, and other medications. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.

Tell your doctor about all other heart or blood pressure medications you are taking.

Your chest pain may become worse when you first start taking amlodipine or when your dose is increased. Call your doctor if your chest pain is severe or ongoing.

Side Effects Centers

Norvasc - User Reviews

Norvasc User Reviews

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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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