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General Information on Felodipine

Generic Name : Felodipine

Pronunciation : feh-LOW-dih-peen

Latest prescription information about Felodipine. 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 : Y52.1 | Therapeutic Classification : Calcium Channel Blockers

Why is Felodipine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a calcium channel blocker, prescribed for high blood pressure. The medication relaxes blood vessels.  

When should Felodipine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with low blood pressure and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Felodipine?

Adult: PO - HTN - Extended release Initial: 5 mg/day. Maintenance: 2.5-10 mg/day, up to 20 mg/day if needed.
Angina pectoris- Initial: 5 mg/day, up to 10 mg/day if needed.

How should Felodipine be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth,with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Felodipine?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver or kidney impairment, heart failure/disease, sick-sinus syndrome, breathing problem, any allergy, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• It may lead to low blood pressure, which results in fast heart rate; monitor patientοΏ½s blood pressure level regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Felodipine?

•  Most Common: Swelling in the extremities and headache.
•  Body as a Whole: Weakness, warm sensation, chest pain, swelling in the face and flu-like illness.
•  Heart: Palpitation, heart attack, low blood pressure, chest pain, irregular heart rate/rhythm and fainting.
•  Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting, indigestion, constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dry mouth, flatulence and acid reflux.
•  Genitourinary: Breast enlargement in males.
•  Blood: Anemia.
•  Metabolic: Increased liver enzyme levels.
•  Musculoskeletal : Joint/back/leg/knee/hip/muscle pain and muscle cramps.
•  Central Nervous System : Dizziness, tingling, sleeplessness, depression, anxiety disorders, irritability, nervousness, drowsiness and decreased sexual activity.
•  Respiratory: Upper respiratory tract infection, cough, runny nose, sneezing, difficulty in breathing, inflammation of pharynx/bronchus/sinus and nosebleed.
•  Skin : Rash, flushing, severe allergic reactions, redness, hives and bruising.
•  Eye : Visual disturbances.
•  Genitourinary : Impotence, urinary frequency, urinary urgency and painful urination.

What are the other precautions for Felodipine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Felodipine?

Store it at room temperature (30Β°C), and in an airtight container. Protect from light.

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