What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Amlibon?
You should not take Amlibon if you are allergic to it.
To make sure Amlibon is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- liver disease; or
- a heart valve problem called aortic stenosis.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Amlibon can pass into breast milk, but effects on the nursing baby are not known. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
Amlibon is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.
How to use Amlibon BESYLATE
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking Amlibon and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
Some brands of the liquid form of this medication should be shaken before use, while other brands should not be shaken before use. Check the manufacturer's information or ask your pharmacist for specific directions. Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Your doctor may gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.
If used for angina, this medication must be taken regularly to be effective. It should not be used to treat angina when it occurs. Use other medications (such as sublingual nitroglycerin) to relieve an angina attack as directed by your doctor. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens (for example, your blood pressure readings remain high or increase, chest pain continues or worsens).
Warnings for people with certain health conditions
For people with liver problems: Amlibon is processed by your liver. If your liver isn’t working well, more of this drug may stay in your body longer. This puts you at risk for more side effects. If you have severe liver problems, your doctor may lower your dosage.
For people with heart problems: If you have heart problems, such as narrowing of your arteries, this drug may increase your risk of health problems. You may have low blood pressure, worse chest pain, or a heart attack after starting treatment with this drug, or increasing your dosage. If you have these symptoms, call your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.
Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors
Taking mTOR inhibitors with Amlibon/benazepril may result in a serious reaction that causes swelling of your face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat. Examples of these drugs include:
Amlibon besylate (Norvasc) is a drug that belongs to the drug class of calcium channel blockers (CCBs), and is prescribed for the treatment and prevention of angina (heart or chest pain) that results from coronary spasm and from exertion. Norvasc also is prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure. Side effects include:
Drug interactions, dosing, and pregnancy and breastfeeding safety information should be reviewed prior to taking any medication.
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 (Amlibon) and grapefruit.
Drug forms and strengths
- Form: oral tablet
- Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg
- Form: oral tablet
- Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg
Before taking Amlibon, tell your doctor if you have congestive heart failure or liver disease.
Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of Amlibon.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using Amlibon even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
Amlibon is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, and other medications. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.
Tell your doctor about all other heart or blood pressure medications you are taking.
Your chest pain may become worse when you first start taking Amlibon or when your dose is increased. Call your doctor if your chest pain is severe or ongoing.
Q: I just started Norvasc and have hypothyroidism. Could this medicine affect my thyroid?
A: Norvasc (Amlibon) is a calcium channel blocker used to treat high blood pressure and other heart conditions. Generally speaking, drug interactions fall into three main categories: Drug-drug (i.e., prescription, over-the-counter, herbals, dietary supplements) interactions occur when two or more drugs react with each other. Drug-diet (food/drink) interactions result from drugs reacting with foods or drinks. Drug-disease interactions may occur when an existing medical condition makes certain drugs potentially harmful. Potential drug interactions 1) Norvasc has an interaction with grapefruit juice. It is best to avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking Norvasc. Taking them together may lead to increased side effects from Norvasc. According to prescribing information, Norvasc is not expected to affect the thyroid. When your doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to discuss all your prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including dietary supplements, vitamins, botanicals, minerals, and herbals, as well as the foods you eat. Always keep a current list of the drugs and supplements you take and review it with your healthcare providers and your pharmacist. If possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescription medications and over-the-counter products. This allows your pharmacist to keep a complete record of all your prescription drugs and to advise you about drug interactions and side effects. 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., BCPS