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EXFORGE 5MG/80MG TABLET

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Composition for EXFORGE

Amlodipine(5 mg),Valsartan(80 mg)

food interaction for EXFORGE

alcohol interaction for EXFORGE

pregnancy interaction for EXFORGE

lactation interaction for EXFORGE

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Avoid Exforge 5mg/80mg tablet with grapefruit juice.
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UNSAFE
Exforge 5mg/80mg tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
WEIGH RISKS VS. BENEFITS
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.

SALT INFORMATION for EXFORGE

Amlodipine(5 mg)

Uses

Amlodipine is used for increased blood pressure and angina (chest pain).

How it works

Amlodipine blocks the action of calcium on the heart and blood vessels. As a result, blood vessels are relaxed and heart beats with less force. This lowers the blood pressure, abnormally fast heart beat and protects the heart following a heart attack.

Common side effects

Palpitations, Abdominal pain, Chest pain, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Fainting, Fatigue, Flushing, Headache, Lightheadedness, Limb swelling, Stomach upset
Valsartan(80 mg)

Uses

Valsartan is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure , heart failure, heart attack and diabetic kidney disease.

How it works

Valsartan relaxes blood vessels which lowers the blood pressure and also reduces the workload of the heart.

Common side effects

Abdominal pain, Cough, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Dizziness on standing, Fainting, Headache, Heart failure, Increased potassium level in blood, Increased creatinine level in blood, Renal failure, Renal impairment, Vertigo, Weakness, Fatigue

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Expert advice for EXFORGE

  • Notify your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant.
  • Amlodipine can cause swelling in the ankle or feet. Notify your doctor if it bothers you.
  • The missing dose of the Amlodipine can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. You can take the medicine at the same time every day to avoid forgetting it.
  • You may get a headache that lasts for a short time, after starting Amlodipine. This should become less noticeable after a few days.
     
  • Amlodipine may cause dizziness in the first few days of starting the treatment.
  • Your doctor may recommend a change in the lifestyle to lower your blood pressure. It may include: 
    • Maintain a normal body weight (body mass index, 18.5-24.9 kg/m2). 
    • Consume fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and reduce saturated-total fat.
    • Reduce daily dietary sodium intake as much as possible, ideally to 65 mmol/day (1.5 g/day sodium or 3.8 g/day sodium chloride).
    • Regular aerobic physical activity (at least 30 minutes/day, most days of the week).
    • Limit alcohol consumption to less than or equal to 2 drinks per day (1oz or 30ml ethanol eg 24oz beer, 10 oz wine, or 3 oz 80-proof whiskey).
     
  • Swelling, bleeding or tenderness of gums may occur after starting the treatment. Brushing and flossing of teeth carefully and regularly may prevent this.

Frequently asked questions for EXFORGE

Amlodipine

Q.Is amlodipine safe?
Amlodipine is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.Is amlodipine a diuretic/ blood thinner/ beta-blocker/ statin/ ACE inhibitor or a nitrate?
Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker, not a diuretic, blood thinner, beta-blocker, statin, ACE inhibitor or a nitrate

Q.Can I take amlodipine with Viagra?
Amlodipine does not have any significant interaction with sildenafil, the active ingredient of Viagra. However, consult your doctor before taking both the drugs together

Q.Does amlodipine cause gout or coughing?
Amlodipine does not cause gout, in fact it can be taken by gout patients for the appropriate indication. Coughing is a very rare side effect of amlodipine

Q.What is Eslo 2.5 or Amlopres-5 used for?
Eslo 2.5 or Amlopres-5 are some of the trade names of amlodipine and used for the same indications as amlodipine.

Valsartan

Q.Is valsartan an ace inhibitor, beta blocker, statin, blood thinner, or ARB?
Valsartan is not an ace inhibitor, beta blocker, statin, or blood thinner drug. It is an angiotensin-II receptor blocker (ARB)

Q.Is valsartan the same as Diovan?
Yes, Diovan is the brand name for valsartan

Q.Is valsartan generic?
Yes, valsartan is a generic drug

Q.Can I take valsartan with Tylenol (acetaminophen), Viagra (sildenafil), Advil (ibuprofen) or amlodipine?
Valsartan should not be given with Advil. It is not reported to interact with Tylenol, Viagra, or amlodipine. Please follow the advice of the doctor regarding their simultaneous use

Q.Does valsartan cause weight gain, cough, dry mouth, insomnia, itching, hair loss, erectile dysfunction (ED), or lower heart rate?
Valsartan may cause cough, weight gain, erectile dysfunction, or lower heart rate. It generally not been shown to cause dry mouth, insomnia, itching, or hair loss. Please consult your doctor if you experience these side effects

Q.Is valsartan safe?
Valsartan is relatively safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

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Content on this page was last updated on 24 January, 2014, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)