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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Norvasc
Norvasc in cats [posted 1/11/99]
Answer: Sorry, I'm not a cat doctor. You might check with the company.
Norvasc Problems [posted 1/8/99]
Answer: Can cause liver problems. I suppose rare heart, kidney problems have been reported, but not a common problem. Most common side effects are constipation and swollen feet.
Norvasc side effects [posted
Answer: Usually swollen feet, constipation.
Norvasc [posted 1/7/99]
Answer: Only causes dizziness if it lowers your bp too much; unlikely. Most common side effects are swollen feet and constipation.
Norvasc Information [posted
Answer: Hyzaar is a combination of a diuretic plus cozaar which is an angiotensin blocker. Diuretics produce low potassium levels, muscle cramps and weakness. Occasional patients have sun induced rashes or allergies. Cozaar is pretty low in side effects. Occasional patients would have a change in renal function or low blood pressure.
Does Norvasc Treat or Cause Angina [posted
Answer: Norvasc is a treatment for angina;not a cause. Norvasc has been available about 5 years here and about 14 in Europe. Generally, well tolerated -common side effects would be constipation and swelling of the feet. One of the better calcium channel blockers in clinical use.
Possible Norvasc Side Effects
Answer: Unlikely the norvasc unless your blood pressure is too low, check with your doctor.
Norvasc & Diabetes [posted
Answer: I have had two patients who have developed gingival hyperplasia on these medications and it is a class problem-so you should avoid all the CCI class.
Norvasc & Diabetes [posted
Answer: Actually, the other way around. Newer research has shown diabetic kidney disease to be decreased on calcium channel blockers. We use these drugs in diabetics all the time. Beta blockers may be slightly better in terms of cardiac protection;but, are used sparingly in diabetics since they can impair insulin release. This means that calcium channel blockers are usually preferable in diabetics.
Norvasc: Any Effect on Calcium Uptake
to the Bones (Osteoporosis)? [posted 10/9/98]
Answer: No. It affects the calcium channels in the muscles not the levels of calcium in your blood.
Norvasc [posted 8/14/98]
Answer: This drug can affect the musculature of the stomach and GI tract. The major side effect is constipation and a certain number will experience cramping. This will probably not be affected by taking it with food, but it is worth a try. If this doesn't work, this drug is probably going to be too unpleasant to take long term.
Norvasc [posted 8/13/98]
Answer: Probably due at least in part by the Norvasc (all calcium channel blockers have this potential). Other than reducing/stopping the drug I suspect it will persist. Diuretics, etc., will have minimal effect.
Norvasc [posted 7/31/98]
Answer: Any blood pressure pill can cause erectile dysfunction. Curiously, some have this effect in some men, but not others. This probably relates to why your blood pressure is elevated. I would stop the Norvasc and try other alternative medications. There are probably 10 other drug classes to pick from. Usually, one can be found that is effective without the trouble with erections. However, this will be somewhat trial and error.
Answer: All the calcium channel blockers vasodilate somewhat. Some, like Procardia, have major effects on peripheral dilations, while others are less so. However, they all dilate the skin. I suspect this is the effect that you are seeing.
Answer: Norvasc can cause decreased erections, but rarely does it cause a
decrease in sexual drive. Some of the antidepressants like the SRI drugs will (prozac,
paxil, etc.) as will other antidepressants.
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