(Perindopril Arginine/Amlodipine Besvlate)
The medication Viacoram is prescribed for treatment of mild to moderate blood pressure. Viacoram is a combination of two active ingredients, perindopril arginine and amlodipine. Perindopril belongs to a class of medications known as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It helps to lower the blood pressure by specifically blocking a naturally occurring substance in the body known as angiotensin II. Angiotensin II normally tightens the blood vessels. Viacoram helps these blood vessels to relax, thus helping to lower the high blood pressure. Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker. It blocks the transfer of calcium into the cells of the heart and blood vessels. This helps the blood vessels relax and to decrease blood pressure. This medication does not cure high blood pressure but helps to control it. Hence, it is important to continue taking the medication regularly even if you feel fine. Take Viacoram exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The initial recommended dose is one tablet of Viacoram 3.5 mg/2.5 mg once daily. Tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water preferably at the same time each day, in the morning. It is recommended to take your dose before a meal.
The medication Viacoram is manufactured by Servier and comes from Canada. The active ingredients in Viacoram are Perindopril Arginine and Amlodipine Besvlate. Viacoram is available as tablets in 3 combinations of perindopril/ amlodipine: 3.5 mg/2.5, 7 mg/5 mg, 14 mg/10 mg.
Viacoram Side Effects
Stop taking Viacoram and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Decreased platelets and white blood cell count
• Electrolyte imbalance, increased levels of potassium in blood
• Heart attack
• Kidney and liver problems
• Low blood pressure, palpitations, angina
• Muscle stiffness, body spasms, upward eye rolling, exaggeration of reflexes, drooling, difficulty moving
• Severe allergic reaction
Less serious side effects include cough, swelling in the tissues of body, headache, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, tiredness, and itching. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
This medication may cause dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea, weariness or fainting especially after the first dose and when the dose is increased. Hence, do not drive or operate heavy machinery, until you know how Viacoram affects you. You should not consume grapefruit juice and grapefruit should while taking Viacoram. Do not take Viacoram if you are allergic to perindopril or amlodipine, are less than 18 years old or above 65 years of age, have narrowing of the mitral valve and left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, heart failure, kidney problems, are pregnant or breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, are on dialysis or any other type of blood filtration. Viacoram may interact with potassium supplements and water pills used to reduce blood pressure, anti-diabetic drugs, allopurinol, aliskiren-containing products such as Rasilez, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), aspirin, vasodilators including nitrates, lithium, procainamide, anti-depressants, immunosuppressants such as tacrolimus, heparin, antibiotics, anti-HIV drugs, anti-epileptics, corticosteroids and ST. John’s Wort.
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