11.12 Amlodipine (Norvasc)

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Generic Name

Amlodipine

Trade Name

Norvasc

Indication

Hypertension, angina

Action

Blocks transport of calcium into muscle cells inhibiting excitation and contraction

Therapeutic Class

Antihypertensive

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
pressure

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