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Caduet Medication- Uses & Side Effects

amlodipine and atorvastatin
Pronunciation: am LOE di peen and a TORE va sta tin
Brand: Caduet

Caduet is a combination of two drugs, amlodipine also known as Norvasc and atorvastatin also known as Lipitor. Amlodipine is a calcium-channel blocker used to lower high blood pressure. It also relieves different types of chest pain such as angina. Atorvastatin blocks the body's ability to make cholesterol.

Caduet Dosage

  • The usual starting dose of amlodipine is 5 milligrams once a day, up to a maximum of 10 milligrams once a day.
  • You should take each dose with a full glass of water.

Uses of Caduet

  • It is used to treat both high blood pressure or angina and high cholesterol.
  • It is also used along with a proper diet to help lower cholesterol and fats such as triglycerides in the blood.
  • It may also be used for other medical conditions those are listed in the medication guide.

Side Effects of Caduet

Before taken Caduet medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Caduet. Side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Flushing
  • Fluid retention and swelling
  • Headache
  • Palpitations
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Indigestion

Warnings and precautions before taking Caduet:

  • There may be a slight chance of liver damage from the atorvastatin contained in Caduet. So your doctor may order a blood test to check your liver function before you start taking drug. If the tests reveal a problem, then you should stop using the drug.
  • You should also check with your doctor before you stop taking Caduet. You may need to reduce Caduet slowly.
  • If you have liver disease, then you should not take Caduet without first talking to your doctor.
  • Do not use amlodipine and atorvastatin if you are pregnant.
  • Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Drug Interaction :- If you are taking Caduet with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Caduet with the following:

  • Antacids such as Maalox TC Suspension
  • Cimetidine
  • Digoxin
  • Erythromycin
Overdose

After taken Caduet if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of Caduet overdose may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fast heartbeat


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