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|US Brand Name||Plendil|
|Generic Name||Felodipine Extend Release|
Felodipine is the most common drug used in the treatment of hypertension or chest pain. It belongs to calcium channel blockers category. It controls chest pain by supplying adequate amount of blood to the heart. Felodipine when taken regularly controls the chest pain so it is used as preventive medicine.
It is available in the extended release tablets. They are designed in such a way that it tends to release the medicine in a controlled phase. This prolongs the duration of drug’s action and maintains the safety range through which it can effectively treats the disease.
Understating the ailments it is used for:
Felodipine is given in mild to moderate hypertension and in chronic stable angina
Understanding the drug Felodipine:
How it works?
Felodipine is a long acting calcium channel blockers used in hypertension and in chest pain.
Felodipine is a calcium channel blocker as it stops the influx of calcium ions through L type calcium channels. By inhibiting the entry of calcium channels one can decrease the contractility of arterial smooth muscles and causes vasodilation. This all leads to relaxation of blood vessels and aids smooth arterial blood flow. In this way, it reduces the overall blood pressure
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Felodipine if you:
- Are allergic to Felodipine
- Have liver problems
- Have any other heart problems
- Have congestive heart failure
- Have porphyria
- Have low blood pressure or hypotension
- Have angina or chest pain
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
How much to take?
Always take the dose as prescribed by the physician. It is very important to consume medicine timely. The general recommended dose starts from 2.5 mg and can be increased up to 10 mg depending upon the patient’s condition and demand. With time, dose adjustments are generally done according to the response of the patient. Always take the medicine as prescribed by the doctor.
What are the strengths available?
Felodipine tablets contain the following two strength combinations that are available on our website:
- Felogard 2.5 mg
- Felogard 5 mg
- Felogard 10 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Felogard is manufactured by Cipla pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical giant. It is available on our websites in the pack of 30 tablets.
How to take?
You must swallow the whole tablet with one glass full of water. Do not crush or chew it. Follow all the instructions mentioned on the label.
When to take?
Felodipine is taken once daily with or without food. It is the best way to take medicine same time daily because it shows best results and helps to remember when to take the drug.
For how long should it be taken?
It is important to take the drug as instructed by your doctor. Abrupt discontinuation of medicine can cause adverse reactions. So before stopping the drug intake, always consult physician first.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
You may need urgent medical attention if you experience below mentioned symptoms:
- Red skin rash
- Rapid heart rate
What if you miss the dose?
Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose then skip the dose and take your next dose on the correct time. Do not double up the dose in order to compensate the missed one.
What are the side effects?
All medicines have their side effects, sometimes they are serious but most of the times they are not. Common side effects are mentioned below:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Tired feeling
- Stomach pain
Serious side effects which need medical attention are as follows:
- Chest pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Swelling of legs, face, tongue and ankles
- Allergic reactions like skin rashes, itchy and hives
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Felodipine. Drugs that will interact and may affect its activity are as follows:
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Keep the medicine in a close tight container and out of reach of children
- Don’t use the expired medicine
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- This medicine can pass into breast milk and can cause fetal harm
- Limit the intake of alcohol beverages and avoid activity that requires alertness as it causes dizziness
- Always ask the doctor before using salt or potassium substitutes while taking this drug
- This drug may cause hypotension so monitor your blood pressure levels regularly
- Don’t exceed the recommended dose