If you have high blood pressure, angina, or coronary artery disease, your healthcare provider may prescribe a drug called Norvasc® (amlodipine besylate). This medicine belongs to a class of drugs known as calcium channel blockers. It comes in the form of a tablet and is currently available in both brand-name and generic form.
Norvasc is usually taken once a day, at the same time each day. It may be taken with or without food. However, if you find that it bothers your stomach, you may want to try taking your dose with food. In clinical studies, the most commonly reported side effects included:
- Swelling or water retention (edema)
- Feelings of a rapidly or forcefully beating heart (heart palpitations)
(To learn more about this medicine, including available strengths and factors that will affect your dosage, click Norvasc.)