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Brand name: Norvasc

Norvasc is a brand of tablets containing amlodipine. It is available only with a doctor’s prescription.

Norvasc can be used to lower high blood pressure or to treat angina pectoris. Angina is a pain or uncomfortable feeling in the chest, often spreading to the arms or neck, and sometimes to the shoulders and back. The pain of angina is caused by a lack of oxygen to the heart. Norvasc is used to prevent angina.

Norvasc works by widening your blood vessels, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body and increasing the supply of blood and oxygen to your heart.

Norvasc is usually swallowed whole with a full glass of water.

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Active ingredient in this medicine: amlodipine

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Norvasc 5 mg uncoated tablet, 30

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

Hypertension. For the first line treatment of mild to moderate essential hypertension and can be used as the sole agent to control blood pressure in the majority of patients. Patients not adequately controlled on a single antihypertensive agent may benefit from the addition of amlodopine which has been used in combination with a thiazide diuretic, beta adrenoceptor blocking agent, or an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor. Angina. For the first line treatment of chronic stable angina. It may be used alone, as monotherapy, or in combination with other anti-anginal drugs. INDICATIONS AS AT 15 May 2003: 1. Hypertension. NORVASC is indicated for the first line treatment of hypertension and can be used as the sole agent to control blood pressure in the majority of patients. Patients not adequately controlled on a single antihypertensive agent may benefit from the addition of NORVASC, which has been used in combination with a thiazide diuretic, beta adrenoceptor blocking agent or an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor. 2. Angina. NORVASC is indicated for the first line treatment of chronic stable angina. NORVASC may be used alone, as monotherapy or in combination with other antianginal drugs.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White to off-white, emerald-shaped tablets engraved "AML5" and breaker score on one side and "Pfizer" logo on the other side.

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Dosage Form Tablet, uncoated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
10 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
30 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
7 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 5 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

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