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Azor (Amlodipine and olmesartan) is a combination of medicines that may be used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. Lowering blood pressure can reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker. It works by relaxing the muscles of your heart and blood vessels. Olmesartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Olmesartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders exactly or the directions on the label and read all medication guides.
For high blood pressure:
- Adults— One tablet containing 5 milligrams (mg) of amlodipine and 20 mg of olmesartan once a day. Your doctor may increase your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 10 mg of amlodipine and 40 mg of olmesartan per day.
- Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting, may also occur especially when you get up from a lying or sitting position or if you have been taking a diuretic (water pill). Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or not alert. If you feel dizzy, lie down so you do not faint. Using this medicine while you are pregnant can cause birth defects. It can also cause hypotension some Patients.
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
- Swelling hands/ankles/feet
- flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling)
- Hair loss
- Skin rash or itching
Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Azor including:
- Swelling in your hands or feet
- Rapid weight gain or weight loss
- Little or no urination
- Pounding heartbeat or fluttering in your chest
- Chest pain, or a heavy feeling spreading from the chest to the arm or shoulder
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
What is the best time of day to take Azor, and should I take it with food?
Azor can be taken with or without food, it all depends on if you experience stomach upset with the medication. Also, Azor can be taken any time during the day, but it must be taken at the same time each day in order to keep the medication levels steady in your body.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
How long does Azor take to work?
It may take up to 2 weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug.