Both Norvasc and generic blood pressure medications are viable treatment options for high blood pressure when proper diet and exercise are not producing adequate results. There are benefits and possible side effects associated with each option.
Norvasc is a calcium-channel blocking drug that dilates blood vessels and slows the heart rate to lower blood pressure and ease pain associated with angina. The drug is used to treat high blood pressure or chest pain caused by a shortage of oxygen to the heart due to clogging of the arteries. Side effects of Norvasc include headache, drowsiness, shortness of breath, nausea, constipation, insomnia, muscle and joint pain, and possible depression.
Generic blood pressure medications include diuretics, beta-blockers and sympathetic nerve inhibitors. Diuretics cleanse the body of excess fluids and salt and are used as early treatment options for many patients. Beta-blockers reduce the patient’s heart beat to allow a reduction in the heart’s output of blood to the rest of the body. Sympathetic nerve inhibitors reduce blood pressure by stopping sympathetic nerves from the brain from constricting blood vessels. SIde effects of generic medications include drowsiness, nausea, headaches, insomnia and muscle or joint pain.
Both Norvasc and generic blood pressure medications reduce blood pressure and blood flow from the heart, however each does so using different means. Norvasc blocks calcium channels in the blood vessels to reduce blood pressure, while generic blood pressure medications target the nerves and fluid levels for reduction. In addition, both types of drugs have a similar, long list of side effects, making drug use for blood pressure a last resort for treatment.
With both types of drugs providing similar results to patients, it appears that generic treatments have a slight advantage over Norvasc due to the smaller list of side effects that come with their use. While Norvasc is more targeted in its treatment plan, its long list of side effects appear to hinder many other aspects of the patient’s life as a result of its use. As a result, generic blood pressure treatments provide a more comfortable, cost efficient alternative to Norvasc in the promotion of lower blood pressure.
Do not take Norvasc if you are allergic to amlodipine.
Before taking any blood pressure medication, tell your doctor if you have congestive heart failure or liver disease.
As with any medication, consult with your doctor before beginning treatment.
Avoid drinking alcohol when taking any blood pressure medication.
Try to improve diet and exercise before considering blood pressure medication of any kind.