Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Norvasc
Last updated on 12/10/2021.
GENERIC NAME: Amlodipine
CHINESE NAME: 健壓樂
DRUG CLASS: Antihypertensives, Antianginal
SUB CLASS: Calcium channel blockers
USED FOR: Angina, Hypertension
AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg (tablets)
What is Norvasc for?
Norvasc belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. The active ingredient, Amlodipine, is used to prevent angina and treat high blood pressure.
How to use it?
Norvasc can be taken orally. The usual initial dosage is 5 mg once daily (2.5-5 mg for hypertension) and the maximum dosage is 10 mg daily.
What are the side effects of Norvasc?
Who should not take Norvasc?
People who are allergic to Amlodipine or any component of the formulation.
– One of the most common side effects of Norvasc is lower limb swelling, which usually occurs within 2-3 weeks after starting the medication. Because of how calcium channel blockers dilate blood vessels, fluid can accumulate in the lower limbs. If you experience swelling, consult your doctor so they can make changes to your blood pressure medicine.
– Avoid drinking grapefruit juice whilst you are on this medicine.
– It may take a few weeks for full effect. Even if you feel well, do not stop taking the medication.
Common dosing schedule:
Norvasc can be taken with or without food. Evening or bedtime dosing may be the best time to take most high blood pressure medicines.
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Norvasc may interact with:
– Macrolide antibiotics, e.g. Erythromycin, Clarithromycin
– Calcium channel blockers, e.g. Verapamil, Diltiazem
– Antifungal, e.g. Itraconazole, Ketoconazole
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
Where to buy Norvasc in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Norvasc is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
Need more information?
For detailed information about the use of Norvasc in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.