07-04-2006, 04:41 AM
Hi everyone, my doc recently replaced my adalat with novasc,
anyone have experience with these drugs? p.s for high bp
07-05-2006, 09:08 AM
Norvasc is in a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Norvasc relaxes (widens) the blood vessels (veins and arteries), making it easier for the heart to pump and reducing its workload. It is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), to treat angina (chest pain) and for other uses.
If you have high blood pressure, you must take Norvasc regularly for it to be effective. Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may be several weeks before you get the full benefit of Norvasc; and you must continue taking it even if you are feeling well. Norvasc does not cure high blood pressure; it merely keeps it under control.
If you are over 65 years of age, you may be more likely to experience some of the side effects from Norvasc. Therefore, your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of this medication.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Norvasc and contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment:
· an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
· unusually fast or slow heartbeat;
· chest pain;
· severe dizziness or fainting;
· jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
· swelling of the legs or ankles.
• Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Norvasc and talk to your doctor if you experience
· fatigue or tiredness;
· vivid or abnormal dreams;
· abdominal pain;
· nausea, diarrhea, or constipation; or
· increased or difficult urination.
• Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Peace and Blessings