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Ingredient Name:

NICARDIPINE (nye-KAR-di-peen)

Drug Manufacturer:


Common Uses:

This medicine is a calcium channel blocker used to treat angina (chest pain) or high blood pressure. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Before Using This Medicine:

Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking cimetidine; cyclosporine; digoxin; or intravenous (IV) calcium. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including angina (chest pain); congestive heart failure or other heart problems; adrenal gland problems (eg, pheochromocytoma); liver or kidney problems; low blood pressure; lung congestion associated with heart attack; allergies; or pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you have had a stroke, if you have congestive heart failure and you are taking a beta-blocker, or if you are having beta-blocker withdrawal. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you are breast-feeding, or if you have advanced narrowing of your aorta (stenosis). Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.

How to Use This Medicine:

Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine may be taken with or without food, but should NOT be taken with a high-fat meal. DO NOT EAT GRAPEFRUIT OR DRINK GRAPEFRUIT JUICE WHILE TAKING THIS MEDICINE UNLESS YOUR DOCTOR DIRECTS YOU OTHERWISE. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.


DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE IF you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE without checking with your doctor. DO NOT SUDDENLY STOP TAKING THIS MEDICINE; you may experience withdrawal symptoms including increased chest pain (angina) and more frequent chest pain. Laboratory and/or medical tests, including blood pressure, electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, and monitoring of heart rate, may be performed to monitor your condition or check for side effects. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LAB APPOINTMENTS while you are taking this medicine. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS OR FAINTING. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms. Maximum lowering of blood pressure occurs approximately 1 to 2 hours after taking the medicine. BLOOD PRESSURE SHOULD BE TAKEN 1 to 2 hours after the medicine has been taken. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINES, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU BECOME PREGNANT, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant. THIS MEDICINE IS FOUND in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.

Possible Side Effects:

SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include dizziness; headache; nausea; upset stomach; or vomiting. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience calf pain, swelling or redness; confusion; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; increased chest pain; pounding in the chest; shortness of breath or wheezing; swelling of the feet, ankles or hands; or unusual bruising or bleeding. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; or unusual hoarseness. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


IF OVERDOSE IS SUSPECTED, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include confusion; drowsiness; flushing; fast or slowed heart rate; slurred speech; or weakness.

Additional Information:

DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and away from pets. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dipose of unused medicine.

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