Sular

Generic Name: Nisoldipine

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Sular is a medicine known as a calcium channel blocker. It 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?

    Sular is an extended-release medicine, which releases medicine into your body throughout the day. Sular lowers 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, Sular may lower your risk of a stroke or a heart attack. Also, it is taken just once a day, which may make it easier for you to remember.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. 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 may 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: headache; swelling of your legs, ankles, or feet.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Low blood pressure, with symptoms such as fainting or dizziness.

    Possible increased chest pain or risk of a heart attack.

    Allergic-type reactions (including asthma), especially if you are allergic to aspirin. Sular contains tartrazine.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Sular if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to similar medicines (such as felodipine or nifedipine).

  • 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 Sular. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart or liver problems; chest pain; low blood pressure; 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 usual starting dose is 17 milligrams once a day. Your healthcare provider may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    If you are elderly or have liver impairment, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take this medication?

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

    Take Sular on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

    Swallow Sular tablets whole. Do not divide, crush, or chew the tablets before swallowing.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not take Sular with grapefruit juice or grapefruit.

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

    If Sular 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 Sular with the following: atenolol, cimetidine, phenytoin, or quinidine.

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

    The effects of Sular during pregnancy are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Sular. 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 Sular, 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 and moisture.

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