Bystolic (nebivolol) and Norvasc (amlodipine) are brand-name medicines used for the treatment of high blood pressure, otherwise called hypertension. People with this condition often display these symptoms:
Chest pain and shortness of breath
Without treatment in the early stages, hypertension can lead to serious damage to the organs or fatal health
Heart failure or attack
Progressive vision loss
Peripheral arterial disease
These drugs have the same result for blood pressure with differing mechanisms. Bystolic is a beta-blocker. This means that it reduces the force and rate of the heartbeat by blocking the effects of the hormone epinephrine. This reduces the blood pressure. Norvasc works to reduce blood pressure by blocking calcium channels. This causes the blood vessels to dilate, facilitating improved blood flow and lowering pressure.
You can obtain Bystolic is as a tablet in 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg, and 20mg doses. Norvasc is available in doses of 2.5mg, 5mg, and 10mg. Dosage will vary depending on the condition. Usually, dosage of Bystolic begins with 5mg, increasing to 40mg at most daily. For Norvasc, dosage is usually 2.5mg per day at first, increasing to a maximum amount of 10mg daily.
These drugs may cause side effects to some patients, but these should be mild, if at all. If a more severe or painful side effect is experienced, or if mild side effects persist, contact a doctor.
Bystolic sometimes cause mild side effects like:
Norvasc may cause side effects that are not severe, such as:
Warnings and Interactions
In case these drugs cause impaired concentration or motor functions, it is best not to drive or use machinery, especially when first commencing these drugs. If you do not notice any such impairments with several consecutive doses, you may resume your normal activities. It is still best to remain alert and careful.
You may develop tolerance for either of these drugs with long-term use. It is advised never to suddenly stop taking either of these drugs as this can cause severe adverse reactions. Such as a fluctuation in blood pressure. You may change your dosage or stop taking the medication only if and when a doctor recommends it. Weaning off either of these drugs needs to be done gradually.
When seeking treatment and a prescription for Norvasc or Bystolic, you must give the physician a full medical history and any information involving recreational or prescription use of drugs. This way your doctor can avoid prescribing medication that will have negative interactions. Do not use alcohol when consuming these heart medicines.
Doctors advise not to use either of these drugs during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. It can be harmful and even fatal to the fetus or newborn. The only cases in which it is allowed is if the risk is higher without the drug.
Which is Best?
It is not easy to say which of these two drugs is better as each patient has different prognoses. For this reason, it is best to discuss your alternatives with a doctor and choose something that fits your needs.