Nicardipine Hydrochloride is indicated to treat high blood pressure or hypertension. This is used with or without other medicines to treat the condition. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent:
- Heart attacks
- Kidney problems
This prescription may also be used to prevent certain types of chest pain called angina. It helps increase your ability to exercise and lessens the frequency of angina attacks. Nicardipine Hydrochloride may be used with other medication such as sublingual Nitroglycerin to relieve attacks of chest pain. This must be taken regularly to be effective or as directed by your doctor.
How does Nicardipine Hydrochloride work?
Nicardipine Hydrochloride acts specifically on the muscle cells in the walls of arteries that cause them to relax. This allows the arteries in the body to widen. The relaxing and widening of the small arteries in the body lessens the resistance that the heart has to push against. This reduces the pressure within the blood vessels. Nicardipine can, therefore, be used to lower high blood pressure.
Why use Nicardipine Hydrochloride?
Nicardipine Hydrochloride is a type of medicine called calcium-channel blocker. This blocks calcium channels in the muscles. Calcium is needed by muscle cells for them to contract. It causes the muscle cells to relax. This allows the arteries in the body to widen. Nicardipine Hydrochloride is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is supplied as sustained-release capsules for oral use. Each capsule is available in strengths of 30 mg, 45 mg, and 60 mg.
How to use Nicardipine Hydrochloride?
The recommended dosage is based on your condition, age, weight, and response. Take each dose exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take in a smaller or larger amount to avoid some other complications.
This is to be taken by mouth as directed by your doctor. You may take this drug with or without food. This is usually taken 3 times a day. Swallow the capsule as a whole with a full glass of water. Take each dose at the same time every day.
What are the side effects of Nicardipine Hydrochloride?
- Unusual headache
- Swelling ankles or feet
- Dry mouth
- Increased urination
Warnings and Precautions
- Do not take this medication if you are allergic to it. If there are any signs of an allergic reaction, call your doctor right away.
- Do not suddenly stop taking this prescription without the consent of your doctor.
- Before using, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease.
- This should only be used when needed during pregnancy.
- If you are breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first.