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Norvasc

Norvasc

 

 

Brand- Name

Norvasc

Generic Name

Amlodipine

Company

Pfizer

Disease/Medical Use

Hypertension

First Approval Date

Jul-1992



Amlodipineis a long-acting calcium channel blocker (dihydropyridine class) used as an anti-hypertensive and in the treatment of angina. Like other calcium channel blockers, amlodipine acts by relaxing the smooth muscle in the arterial wall, decreasing total marginal resistance and hence reducing blood pressure in angina it increases blood flow to the heart muscle.

Amlodipine belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. These medications lump the transport of calcium into the smooth muscle cells lining the coronary arteries and other arteries of the body. Since calcium is important in muscle contraction, blocking calcium transport relaxes artery muscles and dilates coronary arteries and other arteries of the body. By relaxing coronary arteries, amlodipine is useful in preventing chest pain (angina) resulting from coronary artery spasm. Relaxing the muscles lining the arteries of the rest of the body lowers the blood pressure, which reduces the burden on the heart as it pumps blood to the body. Reducing heart burden lessens the heart muscle's demand for oxygen, and further helps to prevent angina in patients with coronary artery disease.

 

 
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