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Why it is prescribed :
This medication is a calcium channel blocker, prescribed for brain hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain) and also rarely used for high blood pressure.
It increases blood flow to injured brain tissue.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
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.
Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications):
Oral: The recommended dose is 60 mg (two 30 mg capsules) every 4 hours for 21 consecutive days.
How it should be taken :
It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, on an empty stomach, either 1-hour before a meal, or 2 hours after a meal.
Warnings and Precautions :
• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart, liver or kidney disease, any allergy, recent head injury, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness, lightheadedness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Monitor blood pressure regularly while taking this medication.
Side Effects :
• Central Nervous System
Dizziness, lightheadedness, headache and depression.
Flushing, fast/slow heart rate, fainting and low blood pressure.
Heartburn, stomach upset, constipation, nausea and vomiting.
• Allergic reactions
Rash, difficulty in swallowing/breathing and swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, arms or legs.
Other Precautions :
Avoid grapefruit intake while taking this medication.
Storage Conditions :
Store it at controlled room temperature (25°C), and protect from light.