Norvasc, or Amlodipine, is a calcium channel blocker used to treat angina and high blood pressure. Norvasc affects the movement of calcium in the heart and blood vessels. As a result, Norvasc relaxes blood vessels and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart while reducing its workload.
Be sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you have whether it is to medication or food, preservatives, or dyes. Tell your doctor immediately if you are, or become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Also, tell your doctor of any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, and any medical conditions you may have.
It is very important that you take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not take more or less medicine than directed, and NEVER stop taking Norvasc without discussing it with your doctor first.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do NOT double doses.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur: swelling of ankles or feet; dizziness; pounding heartbeat; chest pain; dark yellow urine; dizziness or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position; slow heartbeat; or yellow eyes or skin.
Amlodipine besylate is chemically described as 3-Ethyl-5-methyl (±)-2-[(2-aminoethoxy)methyl] -4-(2-chlorophenyl)-1,4-dihydro-6-methyl-3,5-pyridinedicarboxylate, monobenzenesulphonate . Its empirical formula is C20H25CIN2O5·C6H6O3S. Amlodipine besylate is a white crystalline powder with a molecular weight of 567.1. It is slightly soluble in water and sparingly soluble in ethanol. NORVASC (amlodipine besylate) tablets are formulated as white tablets equivalent to 2.5, 5 and 10 mg of amlodipine for oral administration. In addition to the active ingredient, amlodipine besylate, each tablet contains the following inactive ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, sodium starch glycolate, and magnesium stearate.
Norvasc has the following structural formula: