Norvasc Precautions and Warnings
Norvasc precautions and warnings can help better determine whether the drug is suitable for you and make you aware of the side effects that can develop with Norvasc use. If you have existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, liver disease, or liver failure, be sure to consult your physician before beginning Norvasc treatment. Also, tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Norvasc: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Norvasc if you have:
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Liver disease, including cirrhosis or liver failure.
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some Norvasc Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of with Norvasc include:
- If you are over 65 years old, your healthcare provider may choose to start you on a lower dose of Norvasc, such as Norvasc 2.5 mg once daily.
- In general, calcium channel blockers should not be used in people with congestive heart failure (CHF). However, Norvasc does not seem to have a negative effect on heart failure.
- If you have liver disease or liver failure, your body may not metabolize Norvasc as well as it should. Therefore, you may require extra monitoring by your healthcare provider and you may need to take a lower Norvasc dosage.
- If you have severe coronary artery disease, there is a low possibility that taking Norvasc may increase your chances of worsening chest pain and/or heart attack when starting Norvasc therapy or increasing your dose.
- Norvasc is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that Norvasc may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Norvasc during pregnancy (see Norvasc and Pregnancy for more information).
- In is not known if Norvasc passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using Norvasc (see Norvasc and Breastfeeding for more information).