Worldwide, approximately one billion people have hypertension. How many have high blood pressure but do not know it? Are you one of them? Recent information has stated that 1 of every 3 adults have high blood pressure and the cost to the nation for healthcare, treatment, and days absent from work has reached about $46 billion annually.
Having your blood pressure checked routinely is so important because there are no symptoms to warn you that you are at risk for a heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease if you are not diagnosed and treated. Your doctor can prescribe Norvasc or generic Amlodipine to lower your blood pressure and you can help with eating healthier, stop smoking, lose weight, and stay active to enjoy a happy and long life. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Norvasc is called a calcium channel blocker (CCB) and when taken as directed, it will block calcium from entering the muscle cells that make up your heart and surround your arteries so the muscles cannot contract or tighten. By doing this, the force and rate of the contractions of your heart are reduced and your arteries relax so the flow of blood is not as forceful which can damage arterial walls. Your heart does not have to work as hard to supply blood to the rest of your organs and tissues and the risk of a heart attack is decreased.
Genetics, your race, and your age play a role in whether you are at risk for hypertension, which is something you cannot control. Obesity, bad eating habits, smoking, and being inactive are risk factors that you can do something about. Keep this in mind and start looking after yourself to lower your chances of high blood pressure.
Norvasc is also prescribed for treating chronic stable angina. This is chest pains that can occur when you are physically active because your heart is working hard and requires more oxygen. Take this as a warning that the next angina attack may actually be a heart attack. And also vasospastic angina which can hit suddenly, whether at rest or not, from the constriction of a coronary artery that stops the blood flow to your heart temporarily.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding as there may be risks to your unborn or nursing baby while taking Norvasc. Report other medical conditions or allergies you have and list all OTC and Rx drugs you currently take or use, including alternative medications and naturopathic therapies, then your doctor can determine if Norvasc is the right drug for you.
Do not drive, operate tools or machinery, or attempt any task considered unsafe if you are not clear-headed after taking Norvasc. Drinking alcohol could cause your blood pressure to lower more than expected and cause hypotension. Keep Norvasc and other medications out of children’s reach. This is a long-term drug so keep taking it even if you feel ok or your BP readings are normal.