Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if:
- you get a skin rash that may include itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- you're wheezing
- you get tightness in the chest or throat
- you have trouble breathing or talking
- your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat start swelling
You could be having a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital.
These aren't all the side effects of Vasonorm.
For a full list, see the leaflet inside your medicine packet.
You can report any suspected side effect to the UK safety scheme.
Why it’s used
Vasonorm is used to lower your blood pressure. It can be used alone or in combination with other heart medications.
Vasonorm is also used to help blood flow more easily to your heart when the arteries in your heart are blocked.
Vasonorm is also used to treat coronary artery disease and angina (chest pain).
Q: Is it okay to take more than one Norvasc per day?
A: Norvasc (Vasonorm) 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
What Is Norvasc (Vasonorm)?
Norvasc is the brand name for Vasonorm besylate, a prescription drug used to treat hypertension, or high blood pressure.
Norvasc is also used to treat coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients without heart failure, and certain types of angina (chest pain) from CAD, such as activity- and stress-induced angina (chronic stable angina), and angina that occurs at rest (Prinzmetal’s angina).
Taken regularly, Norvasc can control angina, but it doesn't stop chest pain after it has already begun.
The drug can also lower a person's risk of cardiovascular events related to high blood pressure, such as strokes and heart attacks.
Norvasc belongs to a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers, which block the flow of calcium into heart muscles and the muscles along the walls of blood vessels.
Because the contraction of these muscles depends on calcium, Norvasc relaxes and widens blood vessels, thereby improving blood flow.
Doctors also sometimes prescribe Norvasc "off-label" for the treatment of cluster headaches, migraines, Raynaud's syndrome (a blood vessel disorder), and congestive heart failure.
Manufactured by Pfizer, Norvasc was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1987.
In the early 1990s, researchers conducted the so-called PRAISE study, which was backed by Pfizer, to determine if Norvasc could help reduce the risk of death in people with severe heart failure.
Though the study found little overall benefits to severe heart failure patients, it suggested that Norvasc might prolong the life of a subgroup of people with heart failure from non-ischemic cardiomyopathy (cardiac muscle damage not associated with low blood supply to the coronary arteries).
To investigate this possibility, Pfizer-sponsored the PRAISE-2 study, which found no benefit to the subgroup in the PRAISE-1 trial and was presented at a conference in 2000.
However, results of the study weren't published in an academic journal until 2013, leading some experts to question whether Pfizer intentionally delayed publication to prevent the data and findings from being publicly available.
Side Effects of Vasonorm Besylate:
Like all the other medicines this Vasonorm Besylate also has side effects, but not everyone is victim of it. Below are the common side effects of Vasonorm Besylate:
- Feeling sick
- Abdominal pain
- Palpitations (awareness of your heart beat)
- Ankle swelling
If the above listed side effects of Vasonorm Besylate cause you more problems or if they last for more hours then, you should consult your doctor.
There are also severe side effects of this Vasonorm Besylate, but there are very rare chances of them to occur. Consult your doctor immediately.
Serious Vasonorm Besylate Side Effects
- Irregular heartbeats: You may feel that your heartbeat is getting fast or slow.
- Swelling: Swelling and bulging of face, feet and ankles and hand.
- Numbness: Tingling or numbness is felt on hands or feet.
- Chest pain: Chest pain with an exertion that can last longer or occurs more often times.
- Severe abdominal pain: If you feel severe pain in the upper stomach along with vomiting and nausea.
- Blurred vision: If you suffer from eye pain and change in a vision.
- Muscle cramps
- Severe joint pain
- Changes in mood
- Shortness of breath
Above are very serious side effects, stop taking your medicine and ask for a medical treatment at the nearest hospital if you experience any of the above. If you are older than 65 years, you should be more careful while taking Vasonorm as some people in this stage may catch up to the symptoms easily. Tell your doctor if you notice anything else which makes u feel unwell.
Each tablet contains 2.5 mg, 5 mg or 10 mg as the active ingredient.
It also contains the following inactive ingredients:
- microcrystalline cellulose
- maize starch
- Magnesium stearate.
This medicine does not contain, sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes. This medicine comes in three strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg.
- 5 mg tablets: white to off-white, round, unscored, imprinted “APO” on one side and “AML” over “2.5” on the other side.
- 5 mg tablets: white to off-white, round, flat-faced, beveled-edge scored tablets, engraved “AML” over score “5” on one side and “APO” on the other side.
- 10 mg tablets: white to off-white, round, unscored tablets, engraved “APO” on one side and “AML” over “10” on the other side.
How to take this Vasonorm Besylate Medicine?
Swallow the medicine with a full glass of water. Take this medicine at the same time regularly as it will have the best effect of medicine. It will not matter if you take this medicine with or without food. Continue taking this medicine for as long as your doctor prescribes you. This medicine helps you to control your condition, but it will not cure it.
What if you forgot to take it?
If you forgot to take your medicine and now it’s time for the next dose then, skip the missed dose and take your current dose on the usual time. Do not take double dose to meet up for missed ones. If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints to help you remember.
What is Vasonorm?
Vasonorm is a calcium channel blocker that dilates (widens) blood vessels and improves blood flow.
Vasonorm is used to treat chest pain (angina) and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease.
Vasonorm is also used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering blood pressure may lower your risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Vasonorm is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about Vasonorm.
Warnings for people with certain health conditions
For people with liver problems: Vasonorm 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.
Special dosage considerations
For people with liver problems: Vasonorm/benazepril is processed by your liver. If your liver isn’t working well, more of the drug may stay in your body longer, putting you at risk for side effects. If you have severe liver problems, your doctor will likely start you on 2.5 mg Vasonorm/10 mg benazepril.
For people with kidney problems: Your dosage of Vasonorm/benazepril doesn’t need to be adjusted if you have mild or moderate kidney disease. If you have severe kidney disease, you shouldn’t use this drug.
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this list includes all possible dosages. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your doctor or pharmacist about dosages that are right for you.
Vasonorm/benazepril oral capsule is used for long-term treatment. It comes with serious risks if you don’t take it as prescribed.
What to do if you miss a dose: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it’s been more than 12 hours since you missed a dose, skip the missed dose and just take your next dose at the regular time.
If you skip or miss doses: If you skip or miss doses, your blood pressure may get worse. This could lead to serious problems, such as stroke or heart attack.
If you take too much: You have a higher risk of having side effects caused by this drug. You may also have the following symptoms:
- trouble breathing
- very low blood pressure
- fast heartbeats
If you think you’ve taken too much of this drug, call your doctor or local poison control center. If your symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
How to tell if the drug is working: You’ll know whether this drug is working when you check your blood pressure at home. If your blood pressure is at or below the goal your doctor set for you, the medication is working.
Keep these considerations in mind if your doctor prescribes Vasonorm/benazepril for you.
Q: What is Norvasc? Are there side effects to taking it?
A: Norvasc (Vasonorm) is classified as a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker. Norvasc is approved for the treatment of high blood pressure and angina. According to medical references, the most common side effect (reported in greater than 10 percent of studied patients) is peripheral edema. Peripheral edema involves swelling of tissues and usually involves the lower limbs. Other side effects reported of patients on Norvasc include the following: flushing, palpitation, dizziness, fatigue, tiredness, rash, itching, male sexual dysfunction, nausea, abdominal pain, upset stomach, muscle cramps, weakness, shortness of breath and pulmonary edema. This is not a complete listing of all possible side effects of Norvasc. Also, keep in mind that there is no guarantee that you will experience these side effects, they are just possibilities. If you think that you are experiencing a side effect from your medication, tell your physician. Do not stop taking any medication or change the dose without first talking to your physician. 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. Jen Marsico, RPh