How to use
Generic Caduet should be taken orally, usually once a day, with or without food. Try to take your dose at the same time each day. Take Generic Caduet exactly as prescribed by your doctor and do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
This medication is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.
Symptoms of a Generic Caduet overdose may include:
- Fast heart rate
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Warmth, redness or tingling underneath the skin
If any of these symptoms occur, seek emergency medical attention or contact your local poison center.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
Your health care professional will order certain laboratory and/or medical tests to be performed to check your response to Generic Caduet, monitor your progress and check for side effects.
You must be sure to inform your health care professional if you are pregnant, breast feeding or planning to conceive. It is unknown whether Caduet passes into breast milk or not.
Do not stop using Generic Caduet without first consulting your health care professional.
While on an ongoing course of Generic Caduet, you must also refrain from driving a car or operating any kind of machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
Do not share this medication with others, as they may have a problem that is not effectively treated by this drug.
Store Generic Caduet in the container it came in and keep the lid tightly closed. Store at room temperature, between 59 – 86 degrees F (15 – 30 degrees C) and away from excess heat and moisture. KEEP THIS AND ALL OTHER MEDICATIONS OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed that the taking of this medication is safe, appropriate or effective for you.
You should not use Generic Caduet if:
- You are allergic to Amlodipine or Atorvastatin
- You have liver disease,
- You are pregnant
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests:
- Liver problems
- Heart disease, congestive heart failure or recent stroke
- A serious illness or infection
- If you take other heart or blood pressure medications
Generic Caduet is classed by the FDA as pregnancy category X. This medication can cause birth defects. Do not use Amlodipine and Atorvastatin if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment. Use an effective form of birth control while you are using this medication.
It is not known whether Generic Caduet passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking Amlodipine and Atorvastatin.
Many drugs can interact with Generic Caduet. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- Spironolactone (Aldomet, Aldactazide)
- Cimetidine (Tagamet)
- Gemfibrozil (Lopid) or fenofibrate (Antara, Lipofen, Lofibra, Tricor, Triglide)
- Niacin (Niacor, Nicolar, Nicobid, Niaspan)
- Cholestyramine (Questran) or colestipol (Colestid)
- Hormonal birth control (pills, patches, or implants)
- An antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin), or rifampin (Rifater, Rifadin, Rifamate)
- Antifungal medication such as clotrimazole (Mycelex Troche), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), or voriconazole (Vfend)
- HIV medications such as efavirenz (Sustiva), lopinavir (Kaletra), ritonavir (Norvir), or saquinavir (Invirase) especially if used together
- Drugs that weaken your immune system such as cancer medicine or steroids, cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune, Gengraf), sirolimus (Rapamune), tacrolimus (Prograf) and others
- Other cholesterol-lowering medicines such as lovastatin (Mevacor), simvastatin (Zocor), pravastatin (Pravachol), fluvastatin (Lescol), or atorvastatin (Lipitor)
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Amlodipine and Atorvastatin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Generic Caduet:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
In rare cases, Atorvastatin can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have:
- Muscle pain
Especially if you also have:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dark colored urine
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- Chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling
- Nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- Slow, fast, uneven, or pounding heartbeat
- Feeling light-headed, fainting
- Swelling of the hands or feet
Less serious side effects of Generic Caduet may include:
- Headache, dizziness
- Warmth or tingly feeling
- Mild stomach pain, diarrhea, gas, upset stomach
- Decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm
- Mild itching or skin rash
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Inform your doctor if you notice any other side effects, especially if they are specifically bothersome.