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.
Oral: The recommended dose is 60 mg (two 30 mg capsules) every 4 hours for 21 consecutive days.
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.
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.
Central Nervous System:
Dizziness, lightheadedness, headache and depression.
Heart: Flushing, fast/slow heart rate, fainting and low blood pressure.
Gastrointestinal: 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.
Avoid grapefruit intake while taking this medication.
Store it at controlled room temperature (25°C), and protect from light.
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