11.12 Amlodipine (Norvasc)

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Generic Name


Trade Name



Hypertension, angina


Blocks transport of calcium into muscle cells inhibiting excitation and contraction

Therapeutic Class


Pharmacologic Class

Ca channel blocker

Nursing Considerations

• May cause gingival hyperplasia
• Grapefruit juice may increase drug level
• Monitor blood pressure and pulse prior to and during therapy
• Monitor intake and output
• Assess for signs of CHF
• Assess characteristics of angina
• Instruct patient of interventions for hypertension and how to take blood

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