caduet amlodipine atorvastatin
What Is Caduet?
Caduet is the brand name of a combination medicine that contains the drugs Norvasc (amlodipine) and Lipitor (atorvastatin).
It's used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain.
Caduet is also given to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and additional complications in people with type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions.
Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker. It works by relaxing blood vessels and improving blood flow.
Atorvastatin is a statin. It blocks an enzyme in the liver that's responsible for making cholesterol.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Caduet in 2004. It's marketed by Pfizer, Inc.
Before taking Caduet, tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had:
- Liver or kidney disease
- Heart disease, a heart attack, or another heart problem
- A thyroid disorder
- Low blood pressure
- An electrolyte imbalance
- A severe infection or illness
- A stroke
- Allergies to any medication
Also, let your doctor know if you drink more than two alcoholic beverages daily before starting treatment with Caduet.
If you have heart problems, the amlodipine in Caduet may — in rare cases — worsen your chest pain or increase your risk of a heart attack, either when you first start taking the drug or when you increase your dose.
Also in rare instances, Caduet may cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle and leads to kidney failure. This problem is more likely to occur in older adults, people with kidney disease, and those with a poorly controlled, underactive thyroid.
Your doctor will recommend that you follow a specific diet plan while taking Caduet.
Avoid consuming foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. This medicine won't be as effective if you don't adopt a cholesterol-lowering diet.
Tell your doctor you're taking Caduet before having any type of medical or dental procedure.
Use caution when exercising or experiencing hot weather. Heavy sweating can cause water loss and lead to low blood pressure.
Your doctor will want to monitor you regularly to check your body's response to Caduet. Keep all appointments with your healthcare provider and laboratory.
Pregnancy and Caduet
Caduet may harm a fetus or cause birth defects if it's taken during pregnancy.
Don't take this medicine if you're pregnant or might become pregnant.
Use an effective form of birth control if you could become pregnant during your treatment with Caduet.
Tell your doctor right away if you think you might be pregnant while you're taking this medicine.
Don't take Caduet if you're breastfeeding a baby.
Caduet Side Effects
Common Side Effects of Caduet
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Mild muscle or joint pain
- Mild nausea
- Indigestion or stomach pain
- Swelling in the legs or ankles
Serious Side Effects of Caduet
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- Unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness
- Muscle stiffness
- Abnormal muscle movements
- Severe swelling or weight gain
- Urinating less than usual or not at all
- Unusual tiredness
- Severe drowsiness
- Feeling like you might pass out
- Worsening chest pain
- Chest pain that spreads to the arm or shoulder
- Extreme nausea, sweating, or a general ill feeling
- Pounding or irregular heartbeat
- Dark-colored urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Upper stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Signs of anaphylaxis, which may include hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
Tell your doctor about all prescription, nonprescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially:
Caduet and Alcohol
Alcohol can raise blood triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.
Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while taking Caduet.
Caduet and Grapefruit
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with how this medicine works in your body.
Avoid consuming grapefruit while taking Caduet.
Caduet comes as a tablet to take by mouth, typically once a day.
You can take this medicine with or without food.
Try to take Caduet around the same time each day.
Your dose will depend on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Your doctor may occasionally adjust your dose.
Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Don't take more or less Caduet than is recommended.
Don't break or crush the tablet. Let your doctor know if you have trouble swallowing the pill.
Continue to take Caduet even if you feel well. Don't stop taking the medicine without first talking to your doctor.
If you suspect an overdose of Caduet, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
You can get in touch with a poison control center at 800-222-1222.
Missed Dose of Caduet
If you miss a dose of Caduet, take it as soon as you remember.
But if your next dose is less than 12 hours away, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular medication schedule.
Don't take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
By Lynn Marks | Medically Reviewed by Sanjai Sinha, MD
Latest Update: 2019-09-22
Copyright © 2014 Everyday Health Media, LLC
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