Norvasc, also known as amlodipine, is a calcium channel blocker often prescribed to treat high blood pressure
. Norvasc is manufactured by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
A recent study conducted by Case Western Reserve University found that calcium channel blockers, such as Norvasc, may not be the best choice for African Americans suffering from hypertension-related kidney disease
. Researchers concluded that ACE inhibitors, such as the blood pressure drug Altace
, may be more beneficial than calcium channel blockers such as Norvasc. While the study found that both Norvasc and Altace were effective at relieving high blood pressure, black kidney patients taking Norvasc experienced a 48% rise in the risk of death.
See your doctor if you are concerned about the safety or efficacy of this drug.
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