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Felodipine

Felodipine is a type of drug that is categorised as calcium channel brokers. The drug is primarily authorised to treat hypertension and chest pain.
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Felodipine uses

This medicine is a calcium channel blocker that is mainly used to treat high blood pressure in adults. Lowering blood pressure can assist you to lower your risk for heart attack or stroke as well as kidney problems. By blocking the calcium, this Felodipine medication relaxes as well as widens blood vessels in order to ensure that blood can flow more easily.  

Felodipine generic drug is available in the brand name of Plendil. 

Felodipine dosage 

You need to take this medicine by mouth usually once a day on an empty stomach or as prescribed by your doctor. Take this medicine with a light meal, if upset stomach occurs. The dosage of this medicine is based on your medical condition as well as response to the therapy. Before the intake of the medicine, follow all the directions as mentioned on your prescription label. There might be chances that doctor changes your dosage occasionally in order to ensure effective results.  

Swallow the Felodipine tablets whole and do not crush, break or chew it. During the intake of this medicine, you need to check your blood pressure often. You also need to take other medications, stop smoking, limit salt intake, exercise as well as manage other conditions like diabetes or heart diseases. Make sure that you follow your doctor’s instructions closely and regularly. Without the advice of a doctor, do not change the dose or dose schedule.

In case you suffer diarrhea or vomiting, call your doctor immediately. Even if you feel well, you need to use this medicine as directed by your doctor. Therefore, store the medicine at room temperature right away from heat as well as moisture. 

If you miss any dose take it as soon as you remember but don’t take two doses at the same time.  

This medicine should be taken regularly as directed by your doctor in order to prevent chest pain. When you are treated with this medication, avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice as it can increase the amount of this medication in your bloodstream. Before stopping this medicine, consult your doctor because there are some conditions that might worsen if this drug is stopped suddenly. The doctor will stop your medicine gradually.    

Felodipine side effects 

Some of the common side effects using this medicine: 

Headache

Sudden warmth, tingly feeling and redness

Swelling in hands, legs, arms or feet 

If you have any signs of allergic reactions such as difficulty in breathing, swelling on your face, tongue, lips or throat, hives then immediately get the emergency medical help. Felodipine might cause mild gum swelling, so pay attention to your dental hygiene while taking this medicine. Therefore, brush and floss your teeth regularly.  

If you experience a fast or irregular heartbeat, tell your doctor immediately. Call your doctor once if you suffer from:

Chest pain

Feeling short of breath

Rapid weight gain or swelling

Light-headed feeling like you might pass away 

Therefore, this is not the complete list of side effects. If you notice any other side effects instead of all the side effects stated above then consult your doctor immediately.  

Felodipine Precautions 

Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor in advance that you are allergic to it or you have any other allergies. Since this medicine has inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Tell your doctor about your medical history such as liver disease, heart disease as well as swelling of the arms and legs, before using this medication. Felodipine and alcohol should not be taken together.  

During the intake of this medicine, do not drive, use machinery or do anything which needs alertness. Limit alcoholic beverages or cannabis during the intake of this medicine as it can make you dizzier.  

This medicine should not be taken during the pregnancy as it can affect the unborn baby. It is not clearly known whether this drug passes into breast milk or not, so inform your doctor before breast-feeding.  

Felodipine Interactions 

There are total 374 drugs that are known for interacting with this medicine

13 major drug interactions

340 moderate drug interactions

21 minor drug interactions 

Before prescribing this medicine, your doctor may be already aware of any possible drug interactions and must be monitoring you for them. Keep one thing in your mind that you should not stop, start or change the dosage of the medicine before checking it first with the doctor.   

It is important to inform your doctor about all the prescription, non-prescription as well as herbal products before starting this medication especially if you are consuming any medicine for high blood pressure or calcium. 

If you take any drugs which can affect the removal of felodipine from your systems like azole antifungals, cimetidine or macrolide antibiotics then tell your doctor.  

Inform your doctor if you are using any products and ask how to use them safely, as some products have ingredients that are known for raising your blood pressure.  

Therefore, all the possible interactions are not mentioned here, so before using any product make sure that you inform your doctor in advance to avoid any complications.  

Felodipine MOA (Mechanism of Action)

This is a type of medicine that is known as a calcium channel blocker. Felodipine relaxes and widens blood vessels. It does this by blocking calcium that goes into muscles in your heart and blood vessels. Therefore, this medicine works by improving your blood supply to heart.  

Felodipine Warning 

Follow all the directions that are mentioned on your medicine label as well as package. Before using this medicine, make sure you tell your doctor about all your medical conditions as well as allergies. This medicine can cause mild swelling in your gums which can be avoided with good dental hygiene. Keep the medicine out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help immediately.  

Avoid taking the grapefruit juice with this medication. Do not share your medicine with others, even if the person has the same symptom as yours.  


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