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Capoten vs. Norvasc

Are Capoten and Norvasc the Same Thing?

Capoten (captopril) and Norvasc (amlodipine) are prescribed to treat high blood pressure.

Capoten is also used to treat heart failure, and to prevent kidney failure due to high blood pressure and diabetes.

Norvasc is also used to prevent and treat heart pain or chest pain from angina.

Capoten and Norvasc belong to different drug classes. Capoten is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and Norvasc is a calcium channel blocker (CCB).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Capoten?

Common side effects of Capoten include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Norvasc?

Common side effects of Norvasc include:

  • headache,
  • swelling (edema) of the ankles or feet,
  • dizziness,
  • lightheadedness,
  • drowsiness,
  • tired feeling,
  • nausea,
  • abdominal or stomach pain, or
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

What Is Capoten?

Capoten (captopril) is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor prescribed for treating high blood pressure, heart failure, and for preventing kidney failure due to high blood pressure and diabetes. Capoten is available as a generic drug.

What Is Norvasc?

Norvasc (amlodipine) is a calcium channel blocker (CCB) prescribed for the prevention and treatment of heart pain or chest pain from angina, and for the treatment of high blood pressure.

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What Drugs Interact With Capoten?

Capoten may interact with gold injections, lithium, potassium supplements, salt substitutes that contain potassium, drugs that can dilate blood vessels, aspirin or other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or diuretics (water pills). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

What Drugs Interact With Norvasc?

Norvasc may interact with other blood pressure medications.

Norvasc may also interact with simvastatin, ketoconazole, itraconazole, ritonavir, diltiazem, and cyclosporine, or other heart medications.

How Should Capoten Be Taken?

Capoten dose ranges from 25-150 mg two or three times daily.

How Should Norvasc Be Taken?

The usual initial antihypertensive oral dose of Norvasc is 5 mg once daily, and the maximum dose is 10 mg once daily. Norvasc dosages may need to be lowered in patients with liver dysfunction.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018
References

FDA. Capoten Product Information.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2012/018343s084lbl.pdf
Pfizer. Norvasc Product Information.
https://www.norvasc.com/
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