Ciplavasc tablets


  • Active Ingredient: Amlodipine
  • 10 mg, 5 mg, 2.5 mg
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What is Ciplavasc?

The active ingredient of Ciplavasc brand is amlodipine. Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker that dilates (widens) blood vessels and improves blood flow.

Used for

Ciplavasc is used to treat diseases such as: Angina, Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, Migraine Prevention, Raynaud's Syndrome.

Side Effect

Possible side effects of Ciplavasc include: fruit-like breath odor; unable to sleep; Abnormal dreams; redness and swelling of the gums; seeing double.

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Ciplavasc side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Ciplavasc: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, when you first start taking Ciplavasc, 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 Ciplavasc side effects may include:

stomach pain, nausea; or

flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

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.

Clinical monitoring

Before starting and during your treatment with this drug, your doctor may check your:

These tests will help your doctor decide if Ciplavasc is safe for you to start and if you need a lower dosage.

Q: I take Norvasc just before going to bed. Can I safely have a glass of wine in the evening as well?

A: The interaction between alcohol and Norvasc (Ciplavasc) is moderate and not serious. However, patients are advised to avoid drinking alcohol while taking Ciplavasc. Alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of Ciplavasc, such as dizziness, fainting, and feeling light-headed, especially among the elderly. Long-term use of alcohol can also actually worsen hypertension and increase a patient's risk of other cardiac problems. While there is some research that shows that light alcohol consumption (especially of red wine) can protect the heart, that research is not widely accepted in the medical community. Therefore, patients with hypertension or heart problems should discuss alcohol intake with their doctor or cardiologist. For more information on Norvasc, go to // Leslie Ako-Mbo, PharmD

How it works

Ciplavasc belongs to a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers (CCBs). Benazepril belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Blood pressure is the force of blood in your blood vessels. High blood pressure occurs when the force is too high. This drug can help your blood vessels relax. This lowers your blood pressure.

This drug doesn’t cause drowsiness, but it can cause other side effects.

Q: Can Norvasc prevent weight loss?

A: Norvasc (Ciplavasc) 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


Take Ciplavasc even if you feel well, as you'll still be getting the benefits of the medicine.

How it works

Ciplavasc belongs to a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Ciplavasc blocks calcium from entering certain tissues and arteries. This makes it easier for them to relax so that blood can flow more easily to your heart. This in turn helps lower your blood pressure, and reduces your risk of heart attack or stroke. If you’re taking Ciplavasc for chest pain, this drug reduces your risk of hospitalization and surgeries due to chest pain.

Ciplavasc oral tablet can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.

To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Examples of drugs that can cause interactions with Ciplavasc are listed below.


Taking clarithromycin with Ciplavasc can increase the level of Ciplavasc in your body. This may cause more side effects.

How should I take Ciplavasc?

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 Ciplavasc 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 Ciplavasc 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 Ciplavasc 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.

Ciplavasc 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.

Why it’s used

Ciplavasc is used to lower your blood pressure. It can be used alone or in combination with other heart medications.

Ciplavasc is also used to help blood flow more easily to your heart when the arteries in your heart are blocked.

Ciplavasc is also used to treat coronary artery disease and angina (chest pain).

Q: I have taken Norvasc for more than 10 years. I started taking the generic form with a new pharmacy and have developed a dry persistent cough. Is it possible fillers in the generic form are causing this?

A: Norvasc (Ciplavasc) belongs to a class of drugs called the calcium channel blockers (CCBs). Calcium channel blockers work by dilating or widening blood vessels to improve blood flow or circulation. Norvasc is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina (chest pain), either alone or in combination with other medications. Common side effects of Norvasc include dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, headache, muscle cramps, weakness, nausea, and stomach pain. According to the prescribing information for Norvasc, coughing is a side effect that is reported rarely (less than one percent of patients) in patients taking this medication. If you were not experiencing cough while taking the brand-name product, it could be something in the generic formulation, or it could be totally unrelated. Consult with your doctor about your cough to make sure it is not a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Your doctor is best able to properly evaluate you and determine whether or not your cough is related to the medication. It may be that you need to try the brand name again to see if the cough goes away. Your doctor can specify the need for the brand name product to your pharmacist. Your pharmacist can advise you on your insurance requirements if the brand name product is necessary for you. Do not stop your current medication without talking to your doctor first. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or local pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Sarah Lewis, PharmD

By Joseph Bennington-Castro | Medically Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD

Latest Update: 2014-12-02 Copyright © 2014 Everyday Health Media, LLC

Which drugs or supplements interact with Ciplavasc besylate (Norvasc)?

  • Combining Ciplavasc with sildenafil (Viagra) and similar drugs used for treating erectile dysfunction may lead to excessive reductions in blood pressure with complications, particularly fainting upon standing (orthostatic hypotension).
  • Ciplavasc significantly increases blood levels of simvastatin (Zocor). The dose of simvastatin should be limited to 20 mg daily by patients taking Ciplavasc.
  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric), itraconazole (Sporanox), ritonavir (Norvir) and other drugs that are strong inhibitors of Ciplavasc inactivation in the liver increase blood levels of Ciplavasc, resulting in excessive blood pressure reduction.

Generic Name: Ciplavasc (am LOE di peen)Brand Names: Katerzia, Norvasc

Medically reviewed by Sanjai Sinha, MD Last updated on Dec 1, 2019.

What other drugs will affect Ciplavasc?

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:

  • nitroglycerin;
  • simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin); or
  • any other heart or blood pressure medications.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with Ciplavasc, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Dosage for coronary artery disease and angina

Adult dosage (ages 18–64 years)

  • Typical starting dosage: 5 mg taken once per day.
  • Maximum dosage: 10 mg per day.

Child dosage (ages 0–17 years)

A child’s dosage is not available for this use.

Senior dosage (ages 65 years and older)

  • Typical dosage: 5 mg taken by mouth once per day.
  • Note: Older adults may process drugs more slowly. A normal adult dosage may cause levels of Ciplavasc in your body to be higher than normal. If you’re a senior, you may need a lower dosage.


Ciplavasc 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.

Angina & Coronary Artery Disease

Treatment of chronic stable angina, vasospastic angina (Prinzmetal or variant angina), and angiographically documented CAD in patients without heart failure or EF Enter a drug name and Ciplavasc

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