Norvasc® (amlodipine besylate) is a drug used to treat various conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. It is often prescribed for:
The drug belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. It works by slowing down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and into the blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the vessels, which allows better blood flow and causes lower blood pressure.
Norvasc comes in tablet form and is usually taken once a day. Though generally well tolerated, it may cause side effects in some cases, such as fatigue, dizziness, and heart palpitations.
(To learn more about this medication, including what to discuss with your healthcare provider before starting treatment, click Norvasc.)