Norvasc is indicated for treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina (chest pain). This product widens (relaxes) the blood vessels, making it easier for the heart to pump and lowering its workload. This medication is in calcium channel blockers class of drugs.
Norvasc comes as a tablet to take orally. The general dosage is a tablet a day. It is recommended to take Norvasc with a meal or a glass of milk, as it can cause an upset stomach. Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit 1 hour before or for 2 hours after taking Norvasc. Your physician might directed a low salt or low sodium diet while you are taking Norvasc. Call your doctor before taking salt substitutes that contain potassium.
Let your doctor know if you have liver, kidney or heart disease, blood vessels disease, such as sick sinus syndrome, aortic stenosis, heart failure, low blood pressure, or coronary artery disease. Patients over 65 years old may be more sensitive to the side effects of Norvasc, these patients may be directed a lower dose of this medication by their doctor.