Several conditions affecting the cardiovascular system can be managed with amlodipine besylate (Norvasc®). This drug is often used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart disease, including angina and coronary artery disease in people who do not have heart failure.
In order to help ensure a safe treatment process with amlodipine, dangers associated with this medication should be discussed with your healthcare provider. For example, you should talk to your healthcare provider before taking amlodipine if you have congestive heart failure, liver disease, or any allergies. You should also let him or her know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the full risks of using this drug during pregnancy or while nursing are unknown at this time.
As with any medication, side effects are possible with amlodipine. Some of the most commonly reported ones include abdominal pain, drowsiness, and swelling or water retention. While most side effects of amlodipine are mild, some are potentially dangerous and require medical attention, such as chest pain, anxiety, or rapid weight gain.
(Click Amlodipine Side Effects and Precautions and Warnings of Amlodipine to learn more about potential dangers with amlodipine, including a list of other complications that may occur during treatment.)