Plendil (Felodipine) – What You Need To Know
Brand Name: Plendil
What is Plendil (Felodipine)?
The Information about Plendil (Felodipine) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from drugs.com and simplified for the average consumer.
Calcium channel blockers prevent calcium from entering cells of the heart and blood vessel walls, resulting in lower blood pressure. Calcium channel blockers, also called calcium antagonists, relax and widen blood vessels by affecting the muscle cells in the arterial walls.
Felodipine also known by the brand name Plendil is an calcium channel blocker. Some calcium channel blockers have the added benefit of slowing your heart rate, which can further reduce blood pressure, relieve chest pain (angina) and control an irregular heartbeat.
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How to use Plendil (Felodipine)
- Take Plendil (Felodipine) as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
- It is not necessary to take Plendil (Felodipine) with food, but if you do, make sure to have it with food every time.
- Do not break open or chew an extended release Plendil (Felodipine) tablet.
- Do not take Plendil (Felodipine) with grapefruit or grapefruit juice as it may cause unwanted serious side effects.
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly while taking Plendil to reduce swelling of gums.
- Store Plendil (Felodipine) at room temperature away from heat, moisture and light.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. If it is close to the time that you should take your next dose, skip it and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double your dose.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Plendil (Felodipine).
What to know before using Plendil (Felodipine):
If you are using any of the medications below, discuss with your doctor before using Plendil (Felodipine):
- cimetidine (Tagamet)
- conivaptan (Vaprisol)
- imatinib (Gleevec)
- isoniazid (for treating tuberculosis)
- tacrolimus (Prograf)
- an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), dalfopristin/quinupristin (Synercid), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin), or telithromycin (Ketek)
- antifungal medication such as clotrimazole (Mycelex Troche), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), or voriconazole (Vfend)
- an antidepressant such as nefazodone
- a beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic), carvedilol (Coreg), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), sotalol (Betapace), timolol (Blocadren), and others.
- HIV/AIDS medicine such as atazanavir (Reyataz), delavirdine (Rescriptor), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), saquinavir (Invirase), or ritonavir (Norvir)
- other heart or blood pressure medications such as diltiazem (Cartia, Cardizem), nifedipine (Nifedical, Procardia), verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan), etc…
- seizure medication such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol), phenobarbital (Solfoton), or phenytoin (Dilantin).
This may not be a complete list. Tell your doctor about all medications you use, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
If any of the following conditions apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking or changing your dosage of Plendil (Felodipine):
- pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you have liver disease
- if you have or have had congestive heart failure
Side effects of Plendil (Felodipine):
If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking felodipine, get emergency help immediately:
Symptoms of overdose:
- Feeling of warmth
- redness of the face, neck, arms and occasionally, upper chest
Stop using Plendil (Felodipine) and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
The information about Plendil (Felodipine) comes from drugs.com
Plendil (Felodipine) Natural Alternatives:
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