How it works
Cordil 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.
Serious side effects
Serious side effects after taking Cordil are rare and happen in less than 1 in 10,000 people.
Call a doctor straight away if you get:
- stomach problems - severe pain in your stomach, with or without bloody diarrhoea, feeling sick and being sick (nausea and vomiting) can be signs of pancreatitis
- yellow skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow - this can be a sign of liver problems
- chest pain that's new or worse - this needs to be checked out as chest pain is a possible symptom of a heart attack
Cordil, sold under the brand name Norvasc among others, is a medication used to treat high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.
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 (Cordil) is moderate and not serious. However, patients are advised to avoid drinking alcohol while taking Cordil. Alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of Cordil, 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 //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/norvasc. Leslie Ako-Mbo, PharmD
References updated: 01 March 2016
1800 controls reported similar rate of ALT elevations with Cordil as with hydrochlorthiazine , and no serious liver toxicity).
50,000 liver transplants reported to UNOS between 1990 and 2002, 270 were done for drug induced acute liver failure, but none were attributed to a calcium channel blocker).
How should I take Cordil?
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 Cordil 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 Cordil 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 Cordil 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.
Cordil 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.
Which drugs or supplements interact with Cordil besylate (Norvasc)?
- Combining Cordil 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).
- Cordil significantly increases blood levels of simvastatin (Zocor). The dose of simvastatin should be limited to 20 mg daily by patients taking Cordil.
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric), itraconazole (Sporanox), ritonavir (Norvir) and other drugs that are strong inhibitors of Cordil inactivation in the liver increase blood levels of Cordil, resulting in excessive blood pressure reduction.
More common side effects
The more common side effects that occur with Cordil/benazepril include:
- swelling of your feet, ankles, and hands
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
What is Cordil?
Cordil is a calcium channel blocker that dilates (widens) blood vessels and improves blood flow.
Cordil is used to treat chest pain (angina) and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease.
Cordil is also used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering blood pressure may lower your risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Cordil is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.
Cordil may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
PICTURES OF AMLODIPINE PILLS
Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of Cordil that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes and manufacturers. The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.