Norvasc is prescribed for angina, a condition characterized
by episodes of crushing chest pain that usually results
from a lack of oxygen in the heart muscle due to clogged
arteries. Norvasc is also prescribed for high blood
pressure. It is a type of medication called a calcium
channel blocker. These drugs dilate blood vessels
and slow the heart to reduce blood pressure and the
pain of angina.
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.
Norvasc may be taken with or without
food. A once-a-day medication, Norvasc may be used
alone or in combination with other drugs for high
blood pressure or angina.
You should take this medication exactly
as prescribed, even if your symptoms have disappeared.
You will begin to see a drop in your blood pressure
24 hours after you start the medication.