Exforge is an oral tablet made up of a combination of angiotensin II inhibitors and calcium channel blockers called amlodipine and valsartan. This medication can be purchased as its brand name Exforge in 5mg/80mg, 5mg/160mg, 5mg/320mg, 10mg/160mg, and 10mg/320mg!
Exforge (amlodipine/valsartan) is used lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension (high blood pressure). Untreated hypertension can lead to possibly fatal strokes, hearts attacks, or kidney problems. Hypertension medications are not used as a cure for hypertension but allows for a way to keep the pressure levels balanced and preventing further risks from occurring. Exforge specifically is often times prescribed when other hypertension medications aren’t working to the full effect.
Amlodipine (calcium blockers) works by relaxing the muscles found in your heart and blood vessels, the valsartan (angiotensin II inhibitors) can then proceed to widen them (the relaxed muscles) and create easier blood flow thus reducing blood pressure.
When being prescribed Exforge, your doctor or healthcare professional should have explained how they want you take this medication. Make sure to follow their directions carefully; instructions can usually be found on the prescription bottle if you forget.
This medication may be taken with or without food.
Do not stop taking this medication even if you feel you no longer need it. High blood pressure often has little to no symptoms and blood pressure medications may be needed for the duration of your life.
Store Exforge at room temperature; ensure it is kept away from moisture and light and any small children or pets.
This product may contain in active ingredients you may be allergic to. Ensure to tell your doctor about all drug allergies you may have before proceeding to use Exforge.
If you are a patient who has been diagnosed with liver disease, aortic stenosis (a certain kind of heart valve condition), or diabetes, you may need to find another medication. Exforge contains calcium channel blockers (CCBs) which are extensively metabolized through the liver and could cause adverse interactions. Exforge may have an interaction to your diabetes medication.
This medication may increase your potassium levels and should not be used if potassium supplements or salt substitutes are also being used.
You should not use Exforge if you are pregnant as the active ingredients found in Exforge could harm the baby. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk; speak with your doctor about the risks.
In rare cases, Exforge has caused the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, a condition that leads to kidney failure. Speak with your doctor about this risk.
Common side effects of Exforge (amlodipine/valsartan) may include:
swelling in your hands or feet; headache and dizziness; or cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Exforge (amlodipine/valsartan) may include:
a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; or swelling in your hands or feet, rapid weight gain;
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Signs to watch for:
electrolyte imbalance - dry mouth, increased thirst, drowsiness, confusion, feeling restless, vomiting, muscle pain or weakness, lack of energy, fast heartbeats, little or no urine, or a seizure.
Exforge is a prescription medication that comes in the form of an oral tablet, containing both amlodipine and valsartan. Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker; valsartan is an angiotensin II inhibitor. Tablets are available in a variety of strengths ranging from as low as 5mg/80mg to as high as 10mg/320mg. We carry brand name Exforge at My Drug Center at an affordable cost.
Exforge is an antihypertensive medication prescribed to patients with hypertension. Using Exforge will help lower high blood pressure levels which reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Amlodipine and valsartan are able to keep the blood vessels from narrowing and helps relax the muscles which ultimately lowers blood pressure.
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