Amlodipine Besylate-Valsartan

( Generic Exforge )

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Amlodipine Besylate-Valsartan

Drug Info for amlodipine besylate-valsartan

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure in adults and children 6 years and older. It is also used to treat certain types of angina (chest pain) and coronary artery disease (narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart). Amlodipine is in a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels so the heart does not have to pump as hard. It controls chest pain by increasing the supply of blood to the heart. If taken regularly, amlodipine controls chest pain, but it does not stop chest pain once it starts. Your doctor may prescribe a different medication to take when you have chest pain. High blood pressure is a common condition and when not treated, can cause damage to the brain, heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of the body. Damage to these organs may cause heart disease, a heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, loss of vision, and other problems. In addition to taking medication, making lifestyle changes will also help to control your blood pressure. These changes include eating a diet that is low in fat and salt, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising at least 30 minutes most days, not smoking, and using alcohol in moderation.

Exforge is a combination drug used to treat high blood pressure. This drug contains amlodipine, a calcium channel blocker. Exforge also contains valsartan, an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). Both components work by relaxing the muscles in blood vessel walls. Exforge is a brand version of the combination drug amlodipine besylate/valsartan. The components of this drug have been available for years. In the treatment of high blood pressure, Exforge use is common.

Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.

Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to amlodipine or valsartan, or if you are pregnant.

This medicine could lower your blood pressure too much, especially when you first use it or if you are dehydrated. Stand or sit up slowly if you feel dizzy or lightheaded. Alcohol may make your symptoms worse.

Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Do not stop using this medicine without asking your doctor, even if you feel well. This medicine will not cure high blood pressure, but it will help keep it in normal range. You may have to take blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life.

It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, heart or blood vessel disease, angina, heart failure, or a history of heart attack.

This medicine may cause the following problems: Worsening angina or risk of heart attack in people with heart problemsKidney problemsHigh potassium levels

Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Do not stop using this medicine without asking your doctor, even if you feel well. This medicine will not cure high blood pressure, but it will help keep it in normal range. You may have to take blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life.

Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Some foods and medicines can affect how amlodipine/valsartan works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following: Clarithromycin, cyclosporine, itraconazole, ketoconazole, lithium, rifampin, ritonavir, sildenafil, tacrolimus, telithromycinMedicine to lower cholesterol (including simvastatin)Diuretic (water pill)NSAID pain or arthritis medicine (including aspirin, celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen)

Ask your doctor before you use any medicine, supplement, or salt substitute that contains potassium.

This medicine could lower your blood pressure too much, especially when you first use it or if you are dehydrated. Stand or sit up slowly if you feel dizzy or lightheaded. Alcohol may make your symptoms worse.

Do not use this medicine together with aliskiren.

  • Confusion, weakness, uneven heartbeat, numbness in your hands, feet, or lips
  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Chest pain that may spread, trouble breathing, nausea, unusual sweating
  • Rapid weight gain, swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
  • Change in how much or how often you urinate, bloody or cloudy urine
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting