Nimodipine

Generic Name: Nimodipine

  • What is Nimodipine?

    Nimodipine, a medicine known as a calcium channel blocker, is used for the improvement of neurological outcome in people who had rupture of blood vessels in the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage).

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

    Nimodipine is for use in a hospital setting only.

    While you are taking nimodipine, it is possible that your blood pressure may become lower than normal. Tell your doctor if you experience dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting while on nimodipine. Your doctor will closely monitor your blood pressure while you are taking this medication.

    Tell your doctor if you have liver disease and are taking nimodipine. If you have liver disease, the levels of nimodipine in your body can increase. Your doctor will monitor your blood pressure or heartbeat; your doctor may give a lower dose to you.

  • Who should not take Nimodipine?

    Do not take nimodipine if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. Also, do not take nimodipine if you are taking medications that can increase its levels in your body and can cause a decrease in your blood pressure, including certain antibiotics (such as clarithromycin or telithromycin), certain antidepressants (such as nefazodone), certain antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole, or voriconazole), or certain medications for HIV infection (AIDS) known as protease inhibitors (such as delavirdine, indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, or saquinavir).

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with nimodipine. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver disease.

  • 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: The recommended dose is 60 milligrams (mg) every 4 hours for 21 days, starting within 96 hours of the onset of subarachnoid hemorrhage.

  • How should I take Nimodipine?

    Take nimodipine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take this medication on an empty stomach. Swallow the capsules whole with a little liquid.

  • What should I avoid while taking Nimodipine?

    Do not drink grapefruit juice while you are taking nimodipine.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Nimodipine?

    If nimodipine is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Nimodipine may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking.

  • What are the possible side effects of Nimodipine?

    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: abnormal changes in heartbeat or heart rhythm, acne (pimples), decreased blood pressure, depression, diarrhea, headache, muscle pain or cramp, nausea, rash, shortness of breath

  • Can I receive Nimodipine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of nimodipine 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 Nimodipine?

    If you miss a dose of nimodipine, 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 Nimodipine?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light and freezing.