Generic Name : Nicardipine Pronunciation : nya kar de peen Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Hypertensives ICD Code : Y52.5
International- Cardene, Cardene SR. Why it is prescribed (Indications) : This medication is a calcium channel blocker, prescribed for high blood pressure and chest pain. It works by relaxing blood vessels. When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): Contraindicated in patients with advanced aortic stenosis.
Dosage & When it is to be taken : IV- Initiate therapy at 50 mL/hr (5.0 mg/hr). How it should be taken : It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein. Warnings and Precautions :
* Caution should be exercised in patients with history of chest pain, heart failure, other heart problems, adrenal gland tumor, liver or kidney disease, low blood pressure, lung congestion, stroke, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
* It may cause dizziness or fainting, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication. Side Effects :
Most Common - Low blood pressure and fast heart rate.
Body as a Whole - Fever and neck pain.
Heart - Chest pain, block, ST segment depression, inverted T wave and deep-vein thrombophlebitis.
Gastrointestinal - Indigestion.
Blood - Reduced platelets count.
Metabolic - Decrease in blood minerals and swelling in extremities.
Central Nervous System - Confusion and increased muscle tone.
Respiratory - Respiratory disorder.
Eye and ENT - Eye inflammation, ear disorder and ringing in the ear.
Genitourinary - Urinary frequency.
* Avoid excess dosage. Storage Conditions :
Store it at controlled room temperature (20° to 25°C).
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