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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.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Adults

The usual starting dose is 5 milligrams taken once a day. The most you should take in a day is 10 milligrams. If your doctor is adding Norvasc to other high blood pressure medications the dose should be 2.5 milligrams once daily. The lower 2.5-milligram starting dose also applies if you have liver disease.

Older Adults

You may be prescribed a lower starting dose of 2.5 milligrams.

ANGINA

Adults

The usual starting dose is 5 to 10 milligrams once daily. If you have liver disease the lower 5-milligram dose should be used at the start.

Older Adults

The usual starting dose is 5 milligrams. Your doctor may adjust the dose based on your response to the drug.
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Norvasc

Brand Name Prescription Drug

Pronounced: NOR-vask

Generic name: Amlodipine besylate
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.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Adults

The usual starting dose is 5 milligrams taken once a day. The most you should take in a day is 10 milligrams. If your doctor is adding Norvasc to other high blood pressure medications the dose should be 2.5 milligrams once daily. The lower 2.5-milligram starting dose also applies if you have liver disease.

Older Adults

You may be prescribed a lower starting dose of 2.5 milligrams.

ANGINA

Adults

The usual starting dose is 5 to 10 milligrams once daily. If you have liver disease the lower 5-milligram dose should be used at the start.

Older Adults

The usual starting dose is 5 milligrams. Your doctor may adjust the dose based on your response to the drug.

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