What is this medication?
Antihypertensive Agent, Dihydropyridine Calcium Channel Blocker
Felodipine/Plendil is officially indicated for hypertension, but it is also prescribed off-label for chronic stable angina as an alternate agent (may also be used for conditions not listed)
How does this medication work?
Felodipine/Plendil blocks calcium channels in smooth muscle of the blood vessels which relaxes them causing them to dilate them which reduces vascular resistance thereby lowering blood pressure and increasing blood flow in areas such as the heart and limbs.
How should I take this medication?
Oral: 2.5mg-10mg once daily
How to Take: Follow instructions provided by physician/pharmacy label, take consistently at same times each day unless otherwise directed, swallow whole, store at room temperature.
You Need to Avoid: Grapefruit can affect the enzyme that metabolizes this medication resulting in potentially high blood levels and should be avoided. Can be taken on an empty stomach or with a small meal low in fat or carbohydrates, otherwise it may also increase blood levels of medication.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Felodipine/Plendil make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, if you have liver disease, heart failure, aortic stenosis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or are pregnant or breastfeeding
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Peripheral edema, flushing, tachycardia, headache
Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only common ones.
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