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Caduet Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Generic Name: Amlodipine and Atorvastatin

AMLODIPINE; ATORVASTATIN (CADUET®) is a combination of 2 drugs. Amlodipine is a calcium-channel blocker that are used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension). It also used to treat different types of chest pain (angina). Atorvastatin blocks the body's ability to make cholesterol. Atorvastatin can help lower blood cholesterol for patients who are at risk of getting heart disease or a stroke. Atorvastatin is in a class of drugs known as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors. Atorvastatin blocks the production of cholesterol (a type of fat) in the body. Amlodipine is in a class of drugs known as calcium channel blockers.

Caduet Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose of amlodipine is 5 milligrams once a day, up to a maximum of 10 milligrams once a day.
  • For children 6 to 17 years old, the usual dose is 2.5 to 5 milligrams once a day.

Uses of Caduet

  • Caduet is used to treat high blood pressure that occurs together with elevated levels of cholesterol or triglycerides.
  • It is also used to treat the chest pain.
  • Caduet may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Caduet

If you are taking this medication, then discuss the side effects with your doctor. If you feel any change in intensity, then you should tell your doctor. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue using Caduet. Side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • fatigue
  • flushing
  • fluid retention and swelling
  • headache
  • palpitations (fluttery or throbbing heartbeat)
  • abdominal pain
  • constipation
  • gas
  • indigestion

Warnings and precautions before taking Caduet:

  • Check with your doctor before you stop taking Caduet. Because you may need to reduce Caduet slowly.
  • You should used caduet with caution if you have certain heart conditions or liver disease.
  • You should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other "statins" such as lovastatin, pravastatin, simvastatin, fluvastatin, rosuvastatin; or if you have any other allergies.
  • If you are taking Caduet medication, then this drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; So use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking certain drugs with Caduet, then it may decreased, increased or altered the effects of Caduet medicine. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Caduet with the following:

  • Antacids such as Maalox TC Suspension
  • Cimetidine
  • Colestipol (Colestid)
  • Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral)
  • Digoxin (Lanoxin)
  • Erythromycin (E.E.S., Erythrocin, others)
  • Fluconazole (Diflucan)
  • Gemfibrozil (Lopid)
  • Itraconazole (Sporanox)
  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • Niacin (Niaspan, Niacor, Slo-Niacin)
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Spironolactone (Aldactone)
Overdose

When you are taking Caduet, and you feel that overdose is suspected then contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms of an overdose of Caduet are not known.


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