Caduet is often used to treat conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. It contains two medications: amlodipine and atorvastatin. Caduet affects cholesterol production in the body and also helps relax blood vessels, which makes it easier for the heart to pump blood. The medication comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day. Side effects include dizziness, flushing, and fatigue.
What Is Caduet?Caduet® (amlodipine and atorvastatin) is a combination medication used to treat a variety of conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. It contains amlodipine (Norvasc®) and atorvastatin (Lipitor®).
How Does Caduet Work?Amlodipine (one of the active components) is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Amlodipine helps slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the vessels, which allows for better blood flow and causes lower blood pressure. It also makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
The other component, atorvastatin, belongs to a group of medications called statins (or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors). Atorvastatin works by blocking a particular enzyme -- HMG-CoA reductase -- that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. This causes the liver to make less cholesterol. Atorvastatin also:
- Increases the liver's ability to collect and get rid of LDL cholesterol ("bad cholesterol")
- Increases HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol")
- Decreases triglycerides.