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Azor is the brand name for the generic drug combination of amlodipine and almesartan. These are calcium channel blockers that relax the heart muscles and also widen the blood vessels thereby reducing the blood pressure and improve the flow of blood. Azor is used in the treatment of hypertension. Azor is available in different strengths of 5/20 mg, 10/20 mg, 5/40 mg, and 10/40 mg. These are available in bottles of 30, 90, and 1000 and in 10 blisters of 10 tablets each.
Azor can be taken with food or without food. It can also be taken with other medications that are used for treating hypertension if necessary. The recommended dosage for starting the treatment is 5/20 mg once daily. The maximum dosage in a day is 10/40 mg. The dosage can be increased from the minimum dosage level after about one or two weeks depending on the level of control achieved in blood pressure.
Dose adjustments are necessary if the patient suffers from any kidney disease, liver disease, heart disorders, and diarrhea or vomiting. When you take this medication for treating hypertension, it is necessary that you monitor your blood pressure regularly so that you know that the medicine is working properly on you. It is necessary that you take this medication regularly even if you feel good.
Pregnant women should not use Azor in particular during the second and third trimester. Taking this medicine during that time might cause death of the unborn baby or injury to the baby. Dizziness is felt if you stand up immediately from lying position. You should get up slowly if you are taking Azor. Avoid salt substitutes and potassium supplements if you take Azor.
Some of the side effects of taking Azor are swelling of feet and hands, irregular heart beats, jaundice, sweating, nausea, chest pain, and weight gain. If you have any of these symptoms contact your doctor immediately. Consult your doctor for any other symptoms that might also occur to you.
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