Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Caduet
Generic Name: amlodipine and atorvastatin (Pronunciation: am LOE di peen and a TOR va sta tin)
What is amlodipine and atorvastatin (Caduet)?
Atorvastatin is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Atorvastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).
Amlodipine is in a group of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Amlodipine relaxes the blood vessels, improving blood flow and making it easier for the heart to pump.
The combination of amlodipine and atorvastatin is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) or chest pain (angina), and to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in people with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors.
Amlodipine and atorvastatin is used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old.
Amlodipine and atorvastatin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Caduet 10-10 mg
oval, blue, imprinted with Pfizer, CDT 101
Caduet 10-20 mg
oval, blue, imprinted with Pfizer, CDT 102
Caduet 10-80 mg
oval, blue, imprinted with Pfizer, CDT 108
Caduet 5-10 mg
oval, white, imprinted with Pfizer, CDT 051
Caduet 5-20 mg
oval, white, imprinted with Pfizer, CDT 052
Caduet 5-40 mg
oval, white, imprinted with Pfizer, CDT 054
Caduet 5-80 mg
oval, white, imprinted with Pfizer, CDT 058
What are the possible side effects of amlodipine and atorvastatin (Caduet)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using amlodipine and atorvastatin and call your doctor at once if you have:
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about amlodipine and atorvastatin (Caduet)?
Amlodipine and atorvastatin can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use if you are pregnant.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to amlodipine (Norvasc) or atorvastatin (Lipitor), or if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Before taking amlodipine and atorvastatin, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver or kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, or a thyroid disorder, or if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.
In rare cases, amlodipine and atorvastatin can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. This condition may be more likely to occur in older adults and in people who have kidney disease or poorly controlled hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Amlodipine and atorvastatin will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.
Some medicines can cause unwanted or dangerous effects when used with amlodipine and atorvastatin. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with amlodipine and atorvastatin.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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