Lercanidipine - Drug InformationGeneric Name : Lercanidipine | Pronunciation : ler-kah-NIH-dih-peen
International :Lercanil, Lercapress, Zanidip, Carbimen, Cardiovasc, Carmen, Carmen Ace, Corifeo, Evipress, Larcadip, Larcan, Lecard, Lercadip, Lercan, Lercanidipin Heumann, Lercanidipine Actavis, Lercanidipine Arrow Génériques, Lercanidipine Biogaran, Lercanidipine Bouchara Recordati, Lercanidipine Mylan, Lercanidipine Qualimed, Lercanidipine Ratiopharm, Lercanidipine Sandoz, Lercanidipine Winthrop, Lercanidipine Zydus, Lercanidipin-Hcl Al, Lercanidipin-Hcl Stada, Lercanil, Lercapin, Lercaprel, Lercapress, Lercaril, Lercaton, Lerdip, Leridip, Lerzam, Primacor, Renovia, Vasodip, Zanedip Orifarm, Zanedip, Zaneril, Zan-Extra, Zanicor, Zanidip, Zanipress, Zanipril
Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is a calcium channel blocker, prescribed for hypertension. It works by relaxing blood vessels which lowers blood pressure.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):Contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation and in patients with uncontrolled heart failure.
Pregnancy Category :
Category C :Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
Adult: PO- 10 mg once daily, increase to 20 mg daily after 2 weeks if needed.
How it should be taken :
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth on an empty stomach.
Warnings and Precautions :Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart, liver and kidney diseases.
Side Effects :
Heart- Flushing, fast heart rate, palpitation and low blood pressure.
Central Nervous System- Headache, dizziness, weakness and drowsiness.
Miscellaneous- Rash, diarrhea, increased urination and muscle pain.