amlodipine generic (Norvasc, Amvaz )
amlodipine generic (Norvasc, Amvaz ) is a member of the calcium channel blocking agents drug class and is commonly used for Angina, Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure, and others.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
– Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
– If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
– This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of
illness are the same as yours.
– If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed
in this leaflet.
1. What amlodipine generic (Norvasc, Amvaz ) is and what it is used for.
2. What you need to know before you take Amlodipine.
3. How to take Amlodipine.
4. Possible side effects.
5. How to store Amlodipine.
6. Contents of the pack and other information.
1. What Amlodipine is and what it is used for.
Amlodipine contains the active substance amlodipine which belongs to a group of medicines called calcium antagonists.
Amlodipine is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) or a certain type of chest pain called angina, a rare form
of which is Prinzmetal’s or variant angina.
In patients with high blood pressure this medicine works by relaxing blood vessels, so that blood passes through them
more easily. In patients with angina Amlodipine works by improving blood supply to the heart muscle which then receives
more oxygen and as a result chest pain is prevented. This medicine does not provide immediate relief of chest pain from angina.
INDICATIONS AND USAGE
NORVASC is a calcium channel blocker and may be used alone or in
combination with other antihypertensive and antianginal agents for the
• Hypertension (1.1)
• Coronary Artery Disease (1.2)
o Chronic Stable Angina
o Vasospastic Angina (Prinzmetal’s or Variant Angina)
o Angiographically Documented Coronary Artery
Disease in patients without heart failure or an ejection
fraction < 40%
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
• Adult recommended starting dose: 5 mg once daily with maximum dose
10 mg once daily. (2.1)
o Small, fragile, or elderly patients, or patients with hepatic
insufficiency may be started on 2.5 mg once daily. (2.1)
• Pediatric starting dose: 2.5 mg to 5 mg once daily. (2.2)
Important Limitation: Doses in excess of 5 mg daily have not been studied
in pediatric patients. (2.2)