Cardene SR

Generic Name: Nicardipine

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Cardene SR is a medicine known as a calcium channel blocker, which is used alone or in combination with other medicines, to treat high blood pressure.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Cardene SR is a sustained-release medicine, which releases medicine into your body throughout the day. Cardene SR lowers high blood pressure by relaxing your blood vessels, which allows your blood to flow through with less resistance.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: By lowering your blood pressure, Cardene SR may lower your risk of a stroke or a heart attack.

    When: Though you may not feel an improvement or change in the way you feel, it is very important to keep taking your medicine as prescribed to keep your condition under control.

    How do I know it is working?

    Check your blood pressure regularly. Your healthcare provider will also check your blood pressure at every visit. Following an appropriate diet and exercise plan will also affect your blood pressure results.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: swelling of your legs, ankles, or feet.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Cardene SR can cause low blood pressure. Tell your healthcare provider if you experience dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting while taking Cardene SR.

    Cardene SR may worsen chest pain. If you experience chest pain that gets worse, or that does not go away during treatment with Cardene SR, get medical help right away.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Cardene SR if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not take Cardene SR if you have a condition known as aortic stenosis (a narrowing of a valve in the heart).

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Cardene SR. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart, liver, or kidney problems; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

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

    Adults: The recommended starting dose is 30 milligrams twice a day.

    If you have kidney or liver impairment, or congestive heart failure (a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood throughout the body), your healthcare provider will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Cardene SR exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Cardene SR without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Swallow capsules whole.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not chew, crush, or divide Cardene SR capsules before swallowing.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Cardene SR is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Cardene SR with the following: blood pressure/heart medications known as beta blockers (such as atenolol or metoprolol), cimetidine, cyclosporine, digoxin, or fentanyl anesthesia.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Cardene SR during pregnancy are unknown. Do not take Cardene SR while you are breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Cardene SR, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light.

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