Nicardipine - Drug Information

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General Information on Nicardipine

Generic Name : Nicardipine

Pronunciation : nya kar de peen

Latest prescription information about Nicardipine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Hypertensives

Trade Names/Brand Names of Nicardipine

International- Cardene, Cardene SR.

Why is Nicardipine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a calcium channel blocker, prescribed for high blood pressure and chest pain.  It works by relaxing blood vessels.

When should Nicardipine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with advanced aortic stenosis.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Nicardipine?

IV- Initiate therapy at 50 mL/hr (5.0 mg/hr).

How should Nicardipine be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Nicardipine?

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.

What are the side effects of Nicardipine?

   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.

What are the other precautions for Nicardipine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Nicardipine?

Store it at controlled room temperature (20 to 25C).

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