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What are the side effects of Norvasc?


Norvasc® (amlodipine) is a prescription drug used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), angina (chest pain), and other cardiovascular conditions. Norvasc® belongs to the group of drugs called calcium channel blockers. They work by relaxing the blood vessels. Other calcium channel blockers include Plendil® (felodipine) and nifedipine (Procardia® or Adalat®).

Potential side effects from Norvasc® usage

The most common side effects of Norvasc are headache and swelling of the legs or ankles. Many people become dizzy and lightheaded when they first start taking Norvasc®, but these side effects generally go away after about a week. Rare side effects include low blood pressure or abnormally slow heartbeat. Contact your doctor if you feel extremely dizzy or weak or if you have difficulty breathing.

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