What is Lercanidipine used for?
Lercanidipine is indicated for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults over 18 years of age. Lercanidipine belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers. This medicine lowers high blood pressure by relaxing and widening the arteries in the body. Lercanidipine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Lercanidipine?
Like other medicines, Lercanidipine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Lercanidipine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Lercanidipine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Lercanidipine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Lercanidipine can cause side effects such as dizziness, headache, flushing, fatigue, swelling of the ankles or lower legs. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Lercanidipine.
What is the recommended dosage of Lercanidipine?
The dosage of Lercanidipine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Lercanidipine tablet whole with some water, at least 15 minutes before a meal, or as directed by your physician.
What if you miss a dose of Lercanidipine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Lercanidipine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.
What if you overdose on Lercanidipine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Lercanidipine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Lercanidipine?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Lercanidipine.
Lercanidipine can interact with the following types of medicines: alpha-blockers, beta-blockers, diuretics, ACE inhibitors, anti-arrhythmics, macrolide antibiotics, antivirals, anticonvulsants.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Lercanidipine, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Lercanidipine?
Is it possible for me to take Lercanidipine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Lercanidipine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Lercanidipine?
How will Lercanidipine work in my body?
How should Lercanidipine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Lercanidipine drug interactions and side effects?
When taking Lercanidipine, exercise caution while driving or operating machinery. While you are taking this medicine, avoid drinking alcohol. Also do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice.
You must not take Lercanidipine during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding while taking Lercanidipine. Also, tell your doctor if you have kidney problems, liver problems or unstable angina.
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Lercanidipine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.