What should I avoid while taking Abloom?
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.
- Calcium channel blocker medications block the transport of calcium into the smooth muscle cells lining the arteries of the heart (coronary arteries) and other arteries of the body. Since the action of calcium is important for muscle contraction, blocking calcium transport relaxes arterial muscles and expands (dilates) coronary arteries and other arteries of the body. By dilating coronary arteries, Abloom increases the flow of blood to the heart and is useful in preventing heart pain (angina) resulting from reduced flow of blood to the heart caused by coronary artery spasm (contraction). Relaxing the muscles lining the arteries in the rest of the body lowers blood pressure, which reduces the work that the heart must do to pump blood to the body. Reducing the work of the heart also lessens the heart muscle's need for oxygen, and thereby further helps to prevent angina in patients with coronary artery disease.
Q: I take Norvasc. Is it safe to eat grapefruit with that medication?
A: There is nothing in the literature that reveals any significant interactions between the calcium channel blocker Norvasc (Abloom) and grapefruit.
Q: I have hypertension and take Norvasc 5 mg (Abloom). What other alternative can I take?
A: Hypertension or high blood pressure is a condition where the pressure inside the blood vessels is elevated. Hypertension that is left untreated can cause damage to the heart and other organs and could lead to heart failure or heart attack. A goal blood pressure for those with hypertension is less than 140/90, those with certain diseases such as diabetes or kidney disease may have a goal blood pressure of less than 130/80. There are many medication classes available for the treatment of hypertension. According to hypertension guidelines, most patients should be started on a diuretic medication such as hydrochlorothiazide. Many patients will need to be on two or more medications, so in addition to a diuretic a patient may be started on an ACE inhibitor such as lisinopril, an ARB such as losartan, a beta blocker such as metoprolol, or calcium channel blocker such as Abloom (Norvasc). Patients with other conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease or a past heart attack should be started on certain medications before other ones are added. Those with thyroid disease can on any of the above classes of hypertension medications. Your doctor will help you decide which medication would be best for you. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Laura Cable, PharmD
Q: Is it okay to take more than one Norvasc per day?
A: Norvasc (Abloom) is a calcium-channel blocker which is used to treat high blood pressure and other heart conditions. Norvasc comes in three different strength tablets; 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg. The maximum dose of Norvasc is 10 mg daily. Patients who are elderly, have liver impairment or kidney impairment may need lower doses. Talk to your health care provider about what dose of Norvasc is right for you. You may also find helpful information on Norvasc at //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/norvasc. Laura Cable, PharmD
Taking certain diabetes medications with Abloom/benazepril may result in low blood sugar levels. Examples of these drugs include:
Taking Abloom/benazepril with injectable gold may result in flushing, nausea, vomiting, and low blood pressure.
Taking these drugs with Abloom/benazepril can increase the levels of these medications in your body. This means that you may have more side effects. Examples of these drugs include: