Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors
Taking mTOR inhibitors with Astudal/benazepril may result in a serious reaction that causes swelling of your face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat. Examples of these drugs include:
How should I take Astudal?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
You may take Astudal with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often.
Your chest pain may become worse when you first start taking Astudal or when your dose is increased. Call your doctor if your chest pain is severe or ongoing.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using Astudal even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life.
Your hypertension or heart condition may be treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or stop taking any of your medications without your doctor's advice. This is especially important if you also take nitroglycerin.
Astudal 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.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
What should I avoid while taking Astudal?
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.
7. Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Astudal is not normally recommended in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
If you're trying to get pregnant or you're already pregnant, talk to your doctor about the benefits and possible harms of taking Astudal. There may be other medicines that are safer for you.
For more information about how Astudal can affect you and your baby during pregnancy, read this leaflet on the Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy (BUMPS) website.
Astudal besylate is a second generation calcium channel blocker that is used in the therapy of hypertension and angina pectoris. Astudal has been linked to a low rate of serum enzyme elevations during therapy and to rare instances of clinically apparent acute liver injury.
Generic Name: Astudal (am LOE di peen)Brand Names: Katerzia, Norvasc
Medically reviewed by Sanjai Sinha, MD Last updated on Dec 1, 2019.
- Take Astudal at the same time every day.
- You can cut or crush the tablet.
On this page
- About Astudal
- Key facts
- Who can and can't take Astudal
- How and when to take it
- Side effects
- How to cope with side effects
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Cautions with other medicines
- Common questions
- 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, Astudal 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: Can Norvasc prevent weight loss?
A: Norvasc (Astudal) belongs to a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers (CCBs) that relaxes (widens) blood vessels and improves blood flow. Norvasc is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), angina (chest pain), and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease. Common side effects of Norvasc include headache, dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, stomach pain, and flushing. According to the prescribing information for Norvasc, weight gain has been reported in patients using the medication. However, it is reported as either occurring uncommonly or it is unclear if Norvasc is the cause of weight gain or not. Consult your doctor about your weight gain. This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Norvasc. Sarah Lewis, PharmD
What are the possible side effects of Astudal?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
In rare cases, when you first start taking Astudal, your angina may get worse or you could have a heart attack. Seek emergency medical attention or call your doctor right away if you have symptoms such as: chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
- worsening chest pain;
- swelling in your feet or ankles;
- severe drowsiness; or
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out.
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.