Nicardipine Hydrochloride

Nicardipine Hydrochloride

GeneralInformation

Nicardipine Hydrochloride isindicated to treat high blood pressure or hypertension. This is used with orwithout other medicines to treat the condition. Lowering high blood pressurehelps prevent:

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Kidney problems

This prescription may also beused to prevent certain types of chest pain called angina. It helps increaseyour ability to exercise and lessens the frequency of angina attacks. NicardipineHydrochloride may be used with other medication such as sublingualNitroglycerin to relieve attacks of chest pain. This must be taken regularly tobe effective or as directed by your doctor.

Howdoes Nicardipine Hydrochloride work?

NicardipineHydrochloride acts specifically on the musclecells in the walls of arteries that cause them to relax. This allows thearteries in the body to widen. The relaxing and widening of the small arteriesin the body lessens the resistance that the heart has to push against. Thisreduces the pressure within the blood vessels. Nicardipine can, therefore, beused to lower high blood pressure.

Whyuse Nicardipine Hydrochloride?

NicardipineHydrochloride is a type of medicine called calcium-channel blocker. This blockscalcium channels in the muscles. Calcium is needed by muscle cells for them tocontract. It causes the muscle cells to relax. This allows the arteries in the body to widen. NicardipineHydrochloride is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration(FDA). This is supplied as sustained-release capsules for oral use. Eachcapsule is available in strengths of 30 mg, 45 mg, and 60 mg.

Howto use Nicardipine Hydrochloride?

The recommended dosage is basedon your condition, age, weight, and response. Take each dose exactly as it isprescribed. Do not take in a smaller or larger amount to avoid some othercomplications.

This is to be taken by mouth asdirected by your doctor. You may take this drug with or without food. This isusually taken 3 times a day. Swallow the capsule as a whole with a full glassof water. Take each dose at the same time every day.

Whatare the side effects of Nicardipine Hydrochloride?

  • Light-headedness
  • Dizziness
  • Flushing
  • Unusual headache
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling ankles or feet
  • Rash
  • Tiredness
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased urination
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Tremor

Warningsand Precautions

  • Do not take this medication if you are allergic toit. If there are any signs of an allergic reaction, call your doctor rightaway.
  • Do not suddenly stop taking this prescriptionwithout the consent of your doctor.
  • Before using, tell your doctor if you have kidneyor liver disease.
  • This should only be used when needed duringpregnancy.
  • If you are breastfeeding women, consult yourdoctor first.