Caduet (Amlodipine/Atorvastatin) is a prescription medication used to treat people with high blood pressure (hypertension), chest pain (angina) and coronary artery disease (due to high cholesterol). Caduet may also lower the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with diabetes and associated complications such as diabetic eye or kidney problems, smoking, or high blood pressure. The active ingredients in Caduet are Amlodipine and Atorvastatin. Amlodipine belongs to a class of medication called calcium channel blockers. It works by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more efficiently and reduces the workload on the heart. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Atorvastatin is a statin, and it helps to lower "bad" cholesterol and fats (DL, triglycerides) and increases the good cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. Having a normal range of cholesterol reduces the risk of heart disease and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks.
We currently offer the brand Caduet from Canada manufactured by J BGP Pharma and from Turkey by Pfizer in the strength of 5 mg/10 mg, 5 mg/20 mg, 5 mg/40 mg, 10 mg/10 mg, 10 mg/20 mg and 10 mg/40 mg. Unfortunately, the generic version is not available. The generic Amlodipine/Atorvastatin comes from Canada by a different manufacturer in the strength of 5 mg/10 mg, 5 mg/20 mg, 5 mg/40 mg, 5 mg/80 mg, 10 mg/10 mg, 10 mg/20 mg and 10 mg/40 mg and 10 mg/80 mg.
Get medical help immediately if you have any signs of an allergic reaction while taking Caduet. The most common side effects of Caduet may include the following:
• Ankle swelling;
• Irregular heartbeat;
• Muscle pain;
• Nausea and vomiting;
• Stomach pain
Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the severe side effects, including:
• Abnormal muscle movement;
• Dark colour urine;
• Difficulty making urine;
• Severe stomach and chest pain;
• Tingling of the hand and feet;
• Worsening chest pain
Before using Caduet, inform your doctor if you are allergic to it or currently using antihypertensive medication. Caduet is a tablet and should be taken as directed by your doctor. Do not use more than the prescribed dose. Increasing your dose may worsen your symptoms and cause a rapid drop in your blood pressure, which can be fatal. You should avoid taking grapefruit as it may worsen your symptoms. It would be best to discuss with your doctor the exercise you can do while taking Caduet. You should check your blood pressure regularly and inform your doctor if there is no change or drop in the blood pressure. Contact your doctor if your condition last or worsen. Before you start taking this medication, tell your doctor about your medical history, especially if you:
• Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed;
• Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant;
• Have diabetes mellitus;
• Have high levels of cholesterol or triglycerides in your blood;
• Have problems with your heartbeat;
• Have lung or breathing problems;
• Have liver disease
Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant. It is important to treat hypertension during pregnancy; however, do not use Caduet during pregnancy. Caduet may affect your unborn baby if you take it during pregnancy. It would be best to discuss with your doctor the best alternative medication. Also, do not take Caduet if you are breastfeeding or intend to breastfeed. The active ingredients (Amlodipine/Atorvastatin) in Caduet pass into breast milk and may affect your baby. Tell your doctor about all your medications, including prescription, OTC, herbal supplements, and vitamins. There may be a drug interaction between Caduet and other medications such as cyclosporine, clarithromycin, ketoconazole, digoxin, colchicine and darunavir.
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