Exforge Helps Treat the Following Conditions:
Blood pressure is the force with which blood pushes against the walls of blood vessels. Blood pressure readings have two components: systolic pressure (the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart beats) and diastolic pressure (the pressure in between beats when the heart is at rest).
High blood pressure, also known as clinical hypertension, is diagnosed in people with systolic pressure that’s higher than 130 mmHg and diastolic pressure above 80 mmHg. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to a number of health complications, including increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems.
High blood pressure can be reduced successfully through dietary changes and regular physical exercise but some patients may also need medication, like Exforge.
Exforge Active Ingredients
Exforge contains the active ingredients amlodipine (a calcium channel blocker) and valsartan, which belongs to a class of drugs known as angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). Both ingredients help to relax blood vessels and improve blood flow.
Generic Exforge Alternative
Generic alternatives to Exforge are not yet available on this website.
General Drug Information
What is Exforge and What Is It Used For?
Exforge is prescribed to patients with high blood pressure. The two active ingredients in the medication relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Maintaining healthy blood pressure levels helps to prevent complications like stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems.
Usage and Application
Before sourcing Exforge or its generic alternatives online, please read the medication guide prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist.
Exforge should be taken exactly as prescribed by a doctor. The dosage depends on the patient’s medical condition and response to treatment.
Most patients are prescribed one daily oral dose. The medication can be taken with or without food. It is important to take Exforge regularly in order to experience its full benefit. Patients should take the medication at the same time every day to prevent forgetting.
It may take several weeks before people experience the full benefit of Exforge. Patients should continue taking the medication even if they feel well. This is especially important as hypertension often comes without symptoms.
Patients should inform their doctor if their blood pressure readings remain high, or if their condition worsens.
Considerations Before Taking Exforge
Before sourcing Exforge or generic alternatives and starting treatment, patients need to discuss the possibility of allergic reactions to the two active ingredients in this medication. If you shop for Exforge online, note that you may encounter the drug under its generic names – amlodipine and valsartan.
It’s vital to discuss your medical history with a physician, especially liver disease, dehydration, and a certain heart valve condition known as aortic stenosis.
Exforge may cause dizziness. Alcohol and marijuana can exacerbate this dizziness. Patients should not drive, use machinery, or do anything that requires alertness until they are in condition to do so safely. Patients should limit alcoholic beverages and discuss marijuana use with their doctor.
Vomiting, diarrhea, or sweating profusely can cause dehydration and make patients feel lightheaded. Patients should report such problems to their doctor.
Exforge may increase levels of potassium in the body. Patients should discuss the use of potassium supplements and salt substitutes that contain potassium with their doctor.
Before surgery or certain dental procedures, patients should tell their doctor or dentist about all prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and herbal products they are taking.
Older adults are likely to be more sensitive to certain negative side effects of Exforge, including dizziness and kidney problems.
Exforge should not be used during pregnancy as it may harm an unborn baby. Women should consult their doctor for more details.
It is not known whether valsartan passes into breast milk, but amlodipine (the other active ingredient), is known to. Nursing mothers should consult their doctor before breastfeeding.
Delayed and Omitted Doses
Patients who miss their dose of Exforge should take it as soon as they remember. If this happens near the time for the next dose, patients should skip the missed dose and proceed as usual. Patients should not double up on their dose to catch up.
Other Medications and Exforge
Drug interactions may change the way Exforge works, increasing the risk of side effects. Before starting treatment, patients need to discuss the full list of medications and supplements they are taking with their doctor. Patients should not change their dose or stop taking this medication unless their physician advises them to do so.
Some medications – such as the blood pressure medications containing aliskiren (e.g. Tekturna) and the mood stabilizer lithium (e.g. Eskalith) – may interact negatively with Exforge. The same applies to drugs that are likely to increase potassium levels. Examples include some hypertension drugs like benazepril and lisinopril, and birth control pills containing drospirenone.
Patients should also note that some products – especially diet pills and cough-and-cold products – may contain ingredients that can raise blood pressure. NSAIDs like Advil and Naprosyn have a similar effect. Patients should discuss the safe use of these products with their doctor or pharmacist.
For more details, see the Precautions section.
This document does not contain a full list of all possible interactions. Please consult your physician before buying Exforge or its generic alternatives online.
Most patients are able to use Exforge without serious negative side effects.
Common side effects include dizziness, lightheadedness, and tiredness. These effects may be especially pronounced at the start, as the patient adjusts to the medication. To reduce discomfort, patients should get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
Dry cough and stomach pain are additional common side effects. Patients should inform their doctor if these symptoms persist or worsen.
Serious side effects include: fainting, fast heartbeat, and swelling of the hands, ankles, and/or feet. Patients should monitor for signs of kidney problems, manifesting through changes in the amount of urine.
It is important to monitor for symptoms of high potassium levels which can manifest in symptoms like muscle weakness and irregular heartbeat. Pay attention to signs of infection, including fever, chills, and persistent sore throat.
In rare cases, patients with severe heart disease may develop worsening chest pain or heart attack after starting Exforge or increasing the dose. Patients should seek immediate medical help in the event of the following symptoms: worsening chest pain, unusual sweating, shortness of breath, and pain in the chest, jaw, and/or left arm.
Serious allergic reactions to Exforge are rare, yet patients should be aware of allergic symptoms such as rash, itching and swelling, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing.
How to Store Exforge
Exforge should be stored at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep away from children and pets.
Unwanted medication should be disposed of properly and should not be poured into drains or flushed down the toilet. Patients should consult a pharmacist or their local waste disposal company to find out more about safe disposal methods.
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