Treating high blood pressure, certain types of chest pain, and coronary artery disease are the primary uses for Norvasc. Regular use of the drug can help relax blood vessels and cause better blood flow, which, in turn, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risks that may occur with long-term hypertension. The medication is approved for children ages 6 and older.
Norvasc® (amlodipine besylate) is a prescription medication licensed to treat conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. Specific approved uses for Norvasc include:
- Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Treating heart disease (specifically coronary artery disease), including:
Using Norvasc for High Blood Pressure
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example: 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. High blood pressure is defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90, with multiple blood pressure readings.
Based on clinical studies, Norvasc has been shown to significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. By lowering blood pressure, the medication can decrease the risk of developing health problems, such as a stroke, heart disease, or congestive heart failure, that occur with long-term hypertension (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). However, this drug is not a cure for high blood pressure.