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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Drug Study Nursing Norvasc w/Nursing Responsibilities

Generic Name
Brand Name
Adverse effects
Nursing responsibilities

Adult: 5 to 10 mg orally once a day
Inhibits calcium ion influx across cardiac and smooth muscle cells, decreasing myocardial contractility and oxygen demands
NORVASC is contraindicated in patients with known sensitivity to amlodipine.
Side effects of amlodipine are generally mild and reversible. The two most common side effects are headache and edema (swelling) of the lower extremities. Less common side effects include dizziness, flushing, fatigue, nausea, and palpitations
  Monitor BP for therapeutic effectiveness. BP reduction is greatest after peak levels of amlodipine are achieved 6–9 h following oral doses.
 Monitor for S&S of dose-related peripheral or facial edema
  Monitor BP with postural changes. Report postural hypotension. Monitor more frequently when additional antihypertensives or diuretics are added.

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