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Cardene Medication - Uses & Side Effects

nicardipine
Pronunciation: nye KAR de peen
Brand: Cardene, Cardene SR

Nicardipine belongs to a class of medications known as calcium channel blockers. It work by blocking the transport of calcium into the smooth muscle cells lining the arteries of the body. Because blocking calcium transport relaxes artery muscles. Relaxing the artery muscles lowers blood pressure and also reduces the burden on the heart as it pumps blood to the body. It is used to treat coronary artery disease.

Cardene Dosage

  • If you have chest pain, then the usual dose is 20 to 40 milligrams, and you should take 3 times a day.
  • If you have high blood pressure, then the starting dose of cardene is 20 milligrams 3 times a day.

Uses of Cardene

  • Nicardipine relaxes (widens) your blood vessels, which makes it easier for the heart to pump and reduces its workload
  • Cardene SR is a calcium channel blocker and used to treat angina such as chest pain or high blood pressure.
  • It may also be used to treat other conditions those are listed in the medication guide.

Side Effects of Cardene

Before taken cardene medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking cardene. Side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Increased chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Pounding
  • Sleepiness
  • Swelling of feet
  • Weakness

Warnings and precautions before taking Cardene

  • You should tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to nicardipine or any other drugs.
  • If you are having surgery, such as dental surgery, then you should tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking nicardipine.
  • If you have or have ever had heart, liver, or kidney disease, then you should tell your doctor.
  • Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
  • Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking cardene with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining cardene with the following:

  • Amiodarone
  • Cimetidine
  • Digoxin
  • Phenytoin
Overdose

After taken cardene if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of cardene overdose may include:

  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Severe low blood pressure
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Slurred speech


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