Amlodipine (am-load-i-peen) Besylate
Consumer Medicine Information
This leaflet answers some common questions about Norvapine.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Norvapine against the benefits it is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
Norvapine is used to:
Norvapine belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers or calcium ion antagonists. They work by widening your blood vessels, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around the body and help increase the supply of blood and oxygen to your heart. Calcium channel blockers do not change the amount of calcium in your blood or bones.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Norvapine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children.
Do not take Norvapine if you have an allergy to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. This medicine may affect your developing baby if you take it during pregnancy. Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.
Do not breast-feed if you are taking this medicine. It is not known if the active ingredient in Norvapine passes into breast milk or if your baby may be affected.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell him/her before you start taking Norvapine.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including:
Some medicines may be affected by Norvapine or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following:
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking Norvapine.
Take Norvapine exactly as your doctor has prescribed.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
The usual dose of Norvapine is one 5 mg tablet each day. Your doctor may increase this to one 10 mg tablet each day.
Your doctor may prescribe another dose of Norvapine depending on your condition and how you respond to this medicine.
Swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water.
Take your medicine at about the same time each day, either morning or evening. Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
Norvapine can be taken with or without food.
You must take Norvapine every day. Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you. This medicine helps to control your condition, but does not cure it. It is important to keep taking your medicine even if you feel well.
If it is less than 12 hours before your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed. This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre - the telephone number in Australia is 13 11 26 and in New Zealand is 0800 POISON or 0800 764 766 - for advice or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Norvapine.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too many tablets, you may feel dizzy, lightheaded or faint and have an irregular heartbeat.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Norvapine.
If you are about to start any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Norvapine.
If you become pregnant while taking Norvapine, tell your doctor immediately.
Keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be checked. Your doctor may do some tests from time to time to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent unwanted side effects.
Do not take Norvapine to treat any other conditions unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Avoid eating large quantities of grapefruit or drinking large quantities of grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice contains one or more components that alter the metabolism of some medicines, including Norvapine.
Drinking very large quantities (over 1.2 litres) of grapefruit juice each day while taking Norvapine may increase the effects of this medicine.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Norvapine affects you. Norvapine may cause dizziness or drowsiness in some people.
If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Some self-help measures suggested below may assist your condition. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you more information about these measures.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Norvapine. Norvapine helps most people but it may have some unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.
It can be difficult to tell whether side effects are the result of taking Norvapine, effects of your condition or side effects of other medicines you may be taking. For this reason it is important to tell your doctor of any change in your condition.
Do not be alarmed by the list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any of the following and they worry you:
These are the more common side effects of Norvapine.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any of the following and they worry you:
These may or may not be due to Norvapine but you should tell your doctor if they worry you.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
These may be serious side effects that may need urgent medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.
Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you notice any of the following:
The above list includes very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are very rare.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
If you are 65 years or older, you should be especially careful while taking Norvapine. Report any side effects promptly to your doctor. Some people in this age group may be more likely to experience side effects such as swelling of the feet and ankles, muscle cramps and dizziness.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell. Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them. If you take your tablets out of the pack they may not keep as well.
Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store Norvapine or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave your medicines on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep Norvapine where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Norvapine, or the tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
Norvapine tablets are available in two strengths:
The 5 mg and 10 mg tablets come in packs of 30.
Norvapine does not contain gluten, sugar or lactose.
Norvapine is supplied in Australia by:
Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd
ABN 5000 8422 348
38-42 Wharf Road
West Ryde NSW 2114
Toll Free Number: 1800 675 229
Norvapine is supplied in New Zealand by:
Pfizer New Zealand Ltd
PO Box 3998
Auckland, New Zealand
Toll Free Number: 0800 736 363
This leaflet was prepared in July 2013
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Published by MIMS November 2013