• D Parker D Parker
    February 03, 2009
    Irregular Heartbeat side effect
    D Parker D Parker
    February 03, 2009

    An irregular heartbeat is listed as a possible side effect of Norvasc (for one). If this condition does occur will it reverse if use of the product is stopped.



  • Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    February 04, 2009
    Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    February 03, 2009

    D Parker,


    Thanks for your question.


    Norvasc is a calcium channel blocker that is used in the treatment of high blood pressure.  It works by relaxing the smooth muscle in arteries causing a widening (called vasodilatation) of these blood vessels which results in lower blood pressure.  Though not a common side effect, some patients experience palpitations and can develop abnormal cardiac rhythms. 


    These abnormal rhythms and other side effects usually revert back to normal if the drug is withdrawn.


    I suggest you discuss this with your doctor.  No drug dosage should be changed or drug discontinued without the knowledge of your physician. 


    I hope this has been helpful.


    Best wishes.


    Martin Cane, M.D.


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