Drug Ratings for NORVASC

Average Rating: 2.3 (564 Ratings)

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 5  High blood pressure None, I read all the reviews and was hesitant, this prescription had not only helped my blood pressure but has no side effects what so ever in my case. I read about a lot of body aches and cramps, but have been drinking lots of water and eating high potassium foods, so no headaches, no cramping, no feeling of tiredness either. F 39 2 weeks
5mg
6/13/2014
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 5  High blood pressure Lack of sexual interest, occasional ankle swelling.have noticed swollen gums like others have mentioned. This medicine has worked great for me it's dropped my bp from 149/98 to 120/80 , it's actually taken away my anxiety, I have actually lost weight, and feel good. F 33 8 months
10mg
2/13/2014

 5  Spikes in blood pressure Slight dizzy spell in one afternoon. Some weight gain but. Not. Sure if it is from norvasc M 64 3 weeks
2.5mg
2/5/2012
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 5  High blod pressure I am a pharmacist and I am reading this blog due to a patient that came into my store today, muscle aches/leg cramps are due to water pills/diuretics. Fatigue is due to beta blockers, Norbert causes edema, thats it people!... Make sure your consult your. Dr before you have hundreds of people stopping there medication! M 64 6 days
5mh 1X D
1/12/2012

 5  Hypertension A small amount of ankle swelling and leg cramps at the start of taking this medication along with 10-15pounds of weight gain! This medication works very well for me! One must remember everyone has a different reaction to medications! This was the first medication I was given for my hypertension and it turned out to work well for me. F 59 5 years
2.5mg 1X D
11/27/2011
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 5  Hbp No side effects except weight loss. Bp is down as is pulse rate. F 50 3 months
5mg 1X D
9/1/2011

 5  high blood pressure I feel so much better! I have no more shortness of breath or hot flash and my headaches are gone.. my eyes are a little dry but I can handle that. I feel good, really good! F 51 3 months
5 mg 1X D
7/19/2011
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 5  High blood pressure No side effects Greatly reduced my bp from 185/110 to 119/73. It also prevents angina and heart attacks and given that my father had an attack this is a wonder pill for me. Was on bendroflumezide diuretic before amlodipine but it only got it to 150 M 36 2 months
5mg 1X D
3/1/2011

 5  bp None, as I lost weight it was gradually decreased as my bp went down F 67 8 years
5 1X D
10/9/2010

 5  hypertention occassional tiredness I've tried other HBP meds with terrible side effects. So far, Norvasc has been great for my blood pressure and is heart friendly. I've had several EKG's and all have been great. I have been on thyroid meds for the past three years and as long as I take the two meds, four hours apart they work well together. The generic form of Norvasc did not work for me. With diet and moderate exercise 3x weekly, my BP has gone as low as 96/60. However I average 117/72 with diet and moderate exercise. I believe you have to be your own avocate and find the right drug that works for you. Some side effect we may have to live with in order to maintain a decent quality of life. F 52 18 years
10mg 1X D
8/18/2010

 5  HBP TINGLING DULL ACHE IN MY RIGHT SHOULDER. MOTRIN HELPS WITH THAT. OCCASIONAL ANKLE SWELLING-USED MODERATE TIGHTNESS ACE BANDAGE OVERNIGHT TO SOLVE THAT. OTHERWISE, THE ONLY TIME I WORRY ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS IS WHEN I READ TOO MANY OF THESE EXTREME SIDE EFFECTS DESCRIPTIONS. I HAVE TRIED AT LEAST ONE SPECIE OF EVERY KNOWN HBP MEDICATION DESIGNED PHARMACOLOGICALLY TO CONTROL BP. I DISCOVERED THROUGH THE LITERATURE AND HANDSON EXPERIENCE THAT ALL ACE INHIBITORS CAUSE COUGHING. DESPITE ITS REMARKABLE EFFICACY FOR HBP CONTROL, LISINOPRIL, FOR EXAMPLE, WAS ABOUT TO KILL ME, LITERALLY, WITH A VIOLENT, RAGING COUGH. HENCEFORTH, I HAVE TRIED THE GAMUT OF HBP DRUGS. THE COMBINATION OF 5 mg AMLODIPINE AND 25 mg HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE (DIURETIC)HAS CONTROLLED MY BP TO TEXTBOOK READINGS, BUT..........ONLY FOR A MONTH. IF I ENCOUNTER A NEGATIVE CHANGE IN THE FUTURE, I WILL BE BACK ON HERE SHARING THE DATA. PS: TAKE THIS TO THE BANK. IF I FIND A LONG TERM SOLUTION TO HBP, I WILL SURELY TOLERATE SOME REASONABLE SIDE EFFECTS. AFTER ALL, A MAN MY AGE SHOULDN'T BE WORRYING ABOUT IMPOTENCE AND SUCH, SHOULD HE? IT'S LIKE I TELL MY FRIENDS AND PC PHYSICIAN-VIAGRA IS A CRUEL JOKE. IT WORKS ALL RIGHT BUT DUDES MY AGE CAN'T FIND ANYBODY THAT GIVES A DAMN. (IT'S MILLER TIME. GOOD LUCK ALL.) M 69 21 days
5 mg 1X D
4/26/2010

 5  for treating hypertension Just a stiff lower leg but it is bearable.The effect on reducing my BP is excellent M 56 5 years
2/16/2009

 5  hypertension minor ankle swelling M 50 6 months
7/14/2008

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6/22/2008

 5  HBP Slight swelling of ankles, that's it. Will watch sodium intake while on this med. I had a bad itch reaction to the generic Norvasc so tried the brand name and no itch. Pretty strange. M 14 days
4/28/2008

 5  Hypertension None The generic brand worked better for me and my mother than the original one. Both of our BP's are better managed with consistently lower readings and the difference in cost is so much better with the generic brand. F 47 4 years
3/3/2008

 5  high blood pressur None whatsoever F 49 2 years
10/3/2007

 5  Prescribed by my cardiologist none M 63 2 days
6/8/2007

 5  200/100 w/panic attacks some sleepiness, could be related to prozac and klonopin too You people with edema (swelling)problems, do you take a fluid pill? I take Lotrel 10/40. It has 10mg Norvasc. I also take 25mg hydrochlorothyazide and a baby aspirin every day. If I skip a day of HCTZ my joints get stiff and I gain weight. You all need to be on a fluid pill as part of your hypertension regimen. It is vital, and if your doctor doesn't give you one, he is incompetent. I went from an emergency room panic attack w/ BP at 200/100 to tonight's 116/61. I also lost 30 pounds. I may need to lower my dose soon due to all the weight loss. DO NOT TAKE BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINE WITHOUT A FLUID PILL! A FLUID PILL ALONE CAN LOWER YOUR BP M 27 7 months
5/20/2007
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 5  highbloodpressure fluid retention in arms and legs constipation lightheadedness taking it in caduet form F 64 28 days
2/28/2007

 5  High Blood Pressure slight dizziness,slight chest pains I was very hesitant to start any medicine,but an ER visit changed my mind,when my BP was 210/125. It lowered my pressure almost immediately with hardly any side effects. I take 10mg. F 43 1 years
2/10/2007

 5  High BP NONE, But I can not stand to stay in the sun on hot days very long. I have been taking 5mg for about 4-5 years, it's been great so far F 65 5 years
1/25/2007

 5  High BP NONE, But I can not stand to stay in the sun on hot days very long. I have been taking 5mg for about 4-5 years, it's been great so far F 65 5 years
1/25/2007

 5  High BP NONE, But Ica not stand to stay in the sun on hot days very long. I have been taking it for about 4-5 years, it's been great so far F 65 5 years
1/25/2007

 5  Hypertension Been taking it for 1 year now 2.5mg and bp is at constant. First 6 mos was great now side effects are more prominent. Slight dizzyness when I get up, mild fatgue and head ache sensations. I also lost 30lbs but I'm anxious to loose more and get out of the pill. My doctor says my high bp was carried over after I gave birth. I'm only 32 and worried nuts over future. I want to live longer but excercise is quite difficult to do since I have disability. Lean cuisine worked well in weight loss but watch out for the sodium. Please email me for any tricks n' tips at Cterra25@aol.com F 32 1 years
12/3/2006
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 5  high blood pressure brown leopard spots on lower legs and feet and occasional swelling of calves and ankles. The military pharmacy took Norvasc off the formulary and suggested I use Plendil in its place. Worse mistake I ever made. I've used Norvasc 10 years and had occasional swelling in my legs when I didn't drink enough water or sat in a chair that cut off circulation. The leopard spots are just annoying. I've been on Plendil for 4 months and have palpatations of my heart, tightness in my chest, vertigo, nausea, and a slight headache. Tomorrow I'm calling my doctor to put me back on Norvasc. F 68 10 years
10/12/2006

 5  hypertension None - its great I don't even notice it. When I first started taking it I could tell if I missed a week because I had a little more energy. Now I workout and that isn't true. I've been on it about 15 years. I take 5mg a day and with working out my bp is 118/82. I've been hypertensive since I was 21 years old. F 50 15 years
9/16/2006

 5  200/115 lightheaded started out with bp 200/115 now its 120/65 started with norvasc 10mg but it made me lightheaded reduced it to 5mg bp still good but still was lightheaded now taking 2.5 mg bp still 120/65 still alittle light headed but the drug works wonders i was getting headaches all the time now i dont get then since taking norvsac i also cut the salt out and started to walk and cut back on the cals M 44 3 days
6/7/2006
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 5  Hypertension-unknown cause None that I noticed. Took 10mg daily with no side effects. BP was still too high switched to procardia and HCTZ in combination. That little change has ruined the past 3 weeks of my life. Going to Dr. this week to be put back on Novasc and maybe try an ACE or Diovan with it. Novasc is a good drug but not stong enough for me by itself. My BP seems to be stress related and I'm a big guy if that helps anyone. When I accidentaly took 10mg twice a day my BP was 122/72 but that is too high a dosage. Sucks huh? M 40 1 years
2/25/2006

 5  High BP Everyone is different but before you blame Norvasc for side effects make sure it's not other meds. Most side effects I am seeing here I got from diuretics and other calcium channel blockers or the combination-- Just trying to be helpful. Novasc has been side efect free for myself and 3 other people I know. I always suspect the diuretics first for men. Nasty little drugs they are M 39 3 months
2/25/2006

 5  High blood pressure 160/95 I stopped Toprol because of the depression, and for a week my bp was too high, but then after a week, it is consistently in the 130/80 range. However, my pulse is faster than normal, usually in the 70's to 80's. No side effects other than it calms me. I am taking caduet, but it isn't listed in the database. M 59 4 months
7/5/2005

 5  Hypertension I take it in conjunction with Tritace. I find that my blood It totally cured my headaches/migraines. I used to get monthly severe, disabling migraines and multiple times a week I'd get less strong but still painful headaches. These have completely disappeared since I've been taking Norvasc/Tritace. It is a total revelation and a massive quality of life improvement. M 31 2 years
3/28/2005

 5  high blood pressure No side effects Worked well M 62 10 years
2/13/2005

 5  Hypertension None Does a great job M 72 7 years
8/10/2004

 5  Hypertension headache the first and second day no headaches after that; slight dizziness when standing up or moving head quickly first two days increased blood pressure after that reduced blood pressure from avg of 180/110 down to consistantly 135/85 range very good drug with very mild dizzinest that you easily adjust to. This drug reduced blood pressure alot progressivly along with exercising/jogging. I did not alter diet; great reduction in salt for example. Dose is 10mgs once a day. M 37 12 months
6/13/2003

 5  High BP (140+/100+ None M 56 60 days
10/15/2002

 4  hb A little chest discomfort yesterday after 3rd pill(day).slight period of restless legs.nothing bothersome enough to make me stop taking. I know 3 days isn't long enough to give a thorough review, but wanted to share that it did nothing or very little to lower my BP until this morning. Just now was 113/66! & I am thrilled! My BP has been spiking into the 190s to 200 for months now with BP readings usually 140+ systolic.. dystolic has been 70s and lower.I am also taking metopropolol 100mg for past 5 yrs which controlled it until last 6 mos. Norvasc was added recently after trying lisinpril with no effect on BP. I am encouraged with this reading but will keep monitoring & praying side effects stay away as BP stabilizes to normal readings. I am sorry for those of you who can not tolerate this dRugI hope we can all find something that works for us! THIS is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! F 64 3 days
5mg
11/20/2014
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 4  High blood pressure 143/102 I went to the dr. BP was 143/102 was prescribed norvasc 5mg initially. Next day BP was 135/100 called dr. Increased to 10mg. Norvasc works at lowering my BP but at an unfortunate cost. I get up in the a.m no appetite, take meds. 2 hrs later I'm ready for a nap and with 2 lil ones it's unlikely. I feel like a zombie or high, I can't concentrate and this is just 2 weeks of taking it. I'm constipated, and having chest pain neither of which were an issue before I began this medication. I also noticed that if I get up to use the restroom at night I have trouble falling back asleep which is why I'm adding my "2 cents" to this thread at 1:54/a. I'll definately be letting my dr know but I'm trying to be a "good lil patient" and wait an entire month before asking NO, demanding something else. I went from living a normal life, not knowing I had hbp to having all kinds of symptoms trying to control it. I've read poor reviews of this medication and very few good ones, as for the good reviews, each person claims to be otherwise healthy so I guess the rest of us are overweight, obese, and have bad habits. Just a thought! Good luck and God bless. F 26 2 weeks
10mg
8/8/2014
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 4  Pulminary hypertension I take the generic brand of norvasc along with adcirca and xarelto . I've noticed that the drug does work. My blood pressure was near perfect and I can actually climb stairs again without my heart beating so fast that I have to lie down because otherwise I would faint. I have been having fainting spells prior to takin my calcium channel blockers and now I do not so its a huge relief. Yet the side effects are unbearable! I feel like I am always chasing sleep. I am a awake a few hours than sleep a few hours awake for a few and then sleep for a few. I have no days and long nights its awful. I have had a persistent headache for over two weeks that is in the areas of my head as if I wear wearing a thick headband. So pretty much all over! I have extreme lower back pain after a month of taking (norvasc). I have lack of motivation to do anything I stay in bed all damn day. My joints hurt. And my gums hurt and bleed. I even got a canker sore on my lip. Ugh! And I have barely an appitite. And if you now me you know all I used to do was eat all day. I also have runny eyes n red tired looking eyes. Not a good look. I just want a normal life and for people to understand I'm actually going through something and to stop judging me n thinking that I don't care. This medicine is probably causing me depression. Also I'm always in a fog and have almost tunnel vision. I feel more awake when I'm dreaming then I do when I'm actually up! F 29 1 months
10 mg
8/2/2014
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 4  High Bp. Swollen. Face and lip. F 70 3 days
10mg
1/19/2014
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 4  moderate high blood pressure None I have slept very little for years despite being being a runner. Now I am sleeping well every night. It is such a relief. F 57 14 days
5mg 1X D
5/2/2013
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 4  High Blood Pressure This medication causes fatigue, some confusion, headaches, and low libido; not to mention lack of motivation. It does work though. F 39 4 days
10 1X D
10/18/2012

 4  Blood pressure Look!! These are side effects Of blood pressure meds. Alot of these effects are mind over matter. There not life threatening for god sakes. Just take it. I take it and yes it makes my feet tingle And my hands tingle and my face too. Take it at night so tou dont feel The effects during the day. Im a A paramedic myself and know what the effects are.. thats the side effects so deal with it !! M 40 6 months
5 mg
1/14/2012
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 4  high blood pressure Initially started on 5mg...blood pressure stayed very high, 140/100. Changed to 10mg...almost passed out once and couldn't drive myself to work. Now I cut pills to get a 7.5 mg dose. Great for my blood pressure...had to stop previous beta blocker meds due to dry eyes. But as of today...swollen ankles with red dots all over them. Just got back from vacation, did hours of walking and standing yesterday...will go to walk in clinic tomorrow but am guessing it is due to generic form of NORVASC F 45 4 months
7.5 MG 1X D
8/3/2011

 4  hypertension Slight edema in feet and ankles at night. Petecheia. Keeps bp around 118/76. F 66 3 days
10mg 1X D
6/24/2011

 4  high blood pressure occasionally slight swelling in ankles/feet F 63 3 months
10 mg 1X D
11/23/2010
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 4  High Blood Pressure None. I found that Norvasc works well over time. Along with a combination of Lisinopril HCTZ (x2, my BP as finally lowered from 170-140/110-100 range to now below 120/80. I can only hope that this continues, but only time will tell. F 48 1 years
10MG 1X D
10/27/2010

 4  High blood pressure Absolutely no side effects! I take it in the early evening & sleep better than usual I can't say as though it has made much of a difference in my BP. Everytime I take it at home, it's consistently high. At my 3 week check-up after being put on Norvasc, the dr said my # showed some improvement, but it was an 8am appt. BP is always lower when you first wake up. F 32 4 weeks
5mg 1X D
10/27/2010

 4  High blood pressure None - I would think if I was going to experience any side effects, I would have by now. F 69 20 days
2.5 mg 1X D
9/9/2010

 4  Hypertension A little dizzy the first day or two. then OK. I seem to be urinating more now. BP is down to 120/80 M 65 14 days
5 mg 1X D
8/11/2010

 4  high blood pressure Never really noticed it until this past year but now I have moderate ankle, foot and leg pitting edema and pain in both knees. but I'm on a few meds so not sure if this is caused just by the amlodipine. F 49 4 years
5 mg 1X D
7/9/2010
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 4  High Blood Pressure None Has lowered my BP considerably. No side effects to speak of. I actually feel better able to focus due to my lowered BP. Was talking to doctors about the possibility of ADD, however I do think the high BP was to blame. M 28 1 weeks
10 MG 1X D
6/24/2010

 4  BLOOD PRESSURE I AM NOW AT 6O DAYS. USING 5 mg AMLO PLUS 25 mg HCTZ. BP NUMBERS ARE TEXTBOOK. STILL HAVE TINGLING DULL PAIN IN RIGHT SHOULDER, AND "MEDIUM" LOWERLEG/ANKLE SWELLING. OCCASIONALLY USE ACE BANDAGE OVERNIGHT TO CONTROL. IT MIGHT BE PSYCHOSOMATIC (WHO COULDN'T BE LED ON BY OTHER PATIENTS' COMMENTS?) BUT I MIGHT BE FEELING OCCASSIONAL FATIGUE; NOT SERIOUS YET. SO THIS MIGHT THE LONG TERM COMBO I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR. OF COURSE, AT 69, WHO KNOWS WHAT LONG TERM TRANSLATES TO? HANG TOUGH EVERYBODY. KEEP LOOKING WITH YOUR PC AND FIND SOMETHING THAT WORKS. M 69 60 days
5 1X D
6/9/2010

 4  High Blood Pressure At 5mg a day I don't have any problems with the medication, other then possible pain in feet (but I'm on them at work 40hrs a week so it's hard to say.) When I take 10mg a day though I get a deep depression feeling, and I hate everyone and everything. I was taking 10mg a day and having thoughts of suicide to "get away from everything". As soon as I went back to my 5mg a day(without the doctors approval) I've felt perfectly fine.. it's hard to say how this medication will work. I like how I feel on 5 mg, but now my doctor wants to change it to something else because I run at 140/85-130/80. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it since I took procardia xl and became extremely violent to those around me. M 19 1 years
5 1X D
3/10/2010
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 4  For high blood pressure In my case, the most bothersome side effect is feeling tired, followed by lightheadedness and a few tachycardic episodes. Despite its side effects, I prefer this drug because it gives optimal control to my hypertension and it provides adequate perfusion to the coronary and renal circulation. M 56
5 mg 2X D
2/25/2010
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 4  HBP Have not had any side effects that I am aware of. I take 5 mg. in combination with Atacand 8 mg. Works well. F 70 4 years
1/15/2010

 4  bp monitoring following cardiac arr Been on 5 mg. following cardiac arrest 2 mos. ago. Have no side effects so far and pressure remains good. I seem to have developed a very strong breath odor which reeks of a medicinal smell. Has anyone else noticed this with norvasc? M 68 60 days
1/1/2010
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 4  hbp Possible headaches after the first and second day. None since then. My BP has dropped from around 160/100 to 128/77. After reading all these posts, I'll continue to monitor any other possible side effects I might experience in the near future. F 35 2 weeks
9/9/2009

 4  HBP Very hard to believe all the ratings I read . The only side effect that I have experienced in 5 months of Norvasc has been a slight swelling of the ankles. No sexual problems,no dizziness,no headache,no anxiety,no fatigue at all. I do a lot of sport , lift weight and running. I take Norvasc 5mg. together with Blopress 8mg. I feel good and my BP is now 120/130 - 80/85...Before I had always 160-95 M 42 5 months
7/11/2009

 4   I experienced many of the same side effects of those who have commented on this site. The leg and feet aches, and the ankle swellings were constant and the worst I've ever felt, even when I was prenant. Getting my blood pressure under control was important to me. I went to the doc told him of my symptoms and he titrated me off of the Norvasc and put me on a combo pill, which is Norvasc and another medicine to help with the aches/swelling. This pill is called Lotril. It works. My blood pressure is where it needs to be 122/70, and no more feet swellings, or aches. I also started drinking alot of spring water, which helps with BP and meds side effects. The bottom line is my blood pressure is under control. F 49 8 months
5/23/2009
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