Amlodipine besylate (Norvasc®) is used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease, including angina and coronary artery disease in people who do not have heart failure.
There are many potential risks with amlodipine that you should be aware of before starting treatment. In general, calcium channel blockers such as amlodipine should not be used in people with congestive heart failure. If you have severe coronary artery disease, amlodipine may increase your chances of worsening chest pain and/or heart attack when starting the medication or increasing your amlodipine dosage.
Although most people respond well to amlodipine, as with any medication, side effects are possible. Some of the most commonly reported ones include feelings of a rapidly or forcefully beating heart, fatigue, nausea, and flushing. These amlodipine risks are minor and do not require medical attention in most cases; however, you should notify your healthcare provider right away if you experience severe swelling and water retention, chest pain, or depression.
(Click Amlodipine Side Effects and Precautions and Warnings of Amlodipine to learn about other potential risks and what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before taking amlodipine.)