Cardene IV

Generic Name: Nicardipine

  • What is Cardene IV?

    Cardene IV is a medicine used intravenously (through a vein in your arm) to treat short-term high blood pressure when you cannot take oral medications. Cardene IV belongs to a class of medications known as calcium-channel blockers.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Cardene IV?

    While on Cardene IV, it is possible for your blood pressure to become lower than normal or your heart rate to increase. Tell your doctor about any dizziness, feeling faint, or lightheadedness you experience while receiving Cardene IV.

  • Who should not take Cardene IV?

    Do not receive Cardene IV if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or if you have a heart condition known as aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve).

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Cardene IV?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Cardene IV. Also, talk to your doctor about your medical history, especially if you have angina (chest pain), heart failure, or any other heart conditions, kidney or liver problems, brain injury, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you intravenously and will increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    If you have kidney or liver impairment, your doctor will adjust the dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Cardene IV?

    Your doctor will administer Cardene IV to you and will monitor your blood pressure.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cardene IV?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointment with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cardene IV?

    If Cardene IV is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with Cardene IV: blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as metoprolol), cimetidine, or cyclosporine.

  • What are the possible side effects of Cardene IV?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: headache, increased heart rate, low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting

  • Can I receive Cardene IV if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Cardene IV during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Cardene IV?

    Cardene IV should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Cardene IV?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.