Benicard 4mg Tablet

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Introduction

Benicard 4mg Tablet belongs to a class of medicines known as calcium channel blockers. It is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and prevent angina (heart-related chest pain). It lowers blood pressure and reduces the heart's workload, which helps prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Benicard 4mg Tablet may be prescribed alone or along with other medicines. The dose depends on what you are taking it for and the severity of your condition. You can take it at any time of the day, but it is best to take it at the same time each day. It should be taken with food. Keep taking it for as long as advised by your doctor. Do not stop this medicine on your own, even if you feel well, as high blood pressure often has no symptoms. If you stop taking it, your condition may get worse.

Keeping active with regular exercise, reducing your weight, and eating a healthy diet will also help control your blood pressure. The most common side effects include fatigue, edema (swelling in the feet or ankles), sleepiness, dizziness, flushing, headache, and unusual beating of the heart (palpitations). Consult your doctor if any of these bother you, or do not go away.

Before taking it, let your doctor know if you have any liver or kidney problems. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor for advice before taking this medicine. You also need to tell your doctor what other medicines you are taking, especially those used to treat high blood pressure or heart conditions. You should have your blood pressure checked regularly to make sure that this medicine is working properly.

Benefits of Benicard Tablet

In Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Benicard 4mg Tablet works by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily around your body. This lowers your blood pressure and reduces your risk of having a stroke, a heart attack, or kidney problems in the future. You do not usually feel any direct benefit from taking this medicine, but it works in the long term to keep you well. Take regularly, as prescribed for this medicine to be most effective, even if you feel better.

In Prevention of Angina (heart-related chest pain)

Benicard 4mg Tablet relaxes the blood vessels making it easier for blood to flow around your body. This means that more oxygen gets to your heart and reduces the risk of getting chest pain (angina). This medicine should not be used to treat chest pain which is already happening. It is used to prevent or reduce the frequency of angina attacks. This medicine needs to be taken regularly as prescribed for it to work effectively. So, it is important to keep taking it even if you feel well and have no symptoms.

Side effects of Benicard Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Benicard

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Palpitations
  • Sleepiness

How to use Benicard Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Benicard 4mg Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Benicard Tablet works

Benicard 4mg Tablet is a calcium channel blocker. It regulates the blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels and reducing the pressure on them, thereby making it easier for the heart to pump more blood throughout the body. In this way, it normalizes the blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure. This enhanced blood flow also improves the oxygen flow in the body, thereby, preventing any heart-related chest pain (angina).

Safety advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Benicard 4mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Benicard 4mg Tablet during pregnancy is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Breast feeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Benicard 4mg Tablet during breastfeeding is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Driving
UNSAFE
Benicard 4mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Benicard 4mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Benicard 4mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Benicard 4mg Tablet in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Benicard Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Benicard 4mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick tips

  • You have been prescribed Benicard 4mg Tablet to improve your blood pressure and/or to reduce the number and severity of angina attacks.
  • Lowering blood pressure reduces the chance of future heart attack and stroke.
  • Take it at the same time every day to help you remember to take it.
  • A sudden drop in your blood pressure may occur, especially when you first start taking Benicard 4mg Tablet. To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.
  • It can cause ankle or foot swelling. To reduce the swelling, raise your legs while you are sitting down. Talk to your doctor if it does not go away.
  • It may cause dizziness. Do not drive or perform any activity that requires mental focus until you know how Benicard 4mg Tablet affects you. 
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Synthetic dihydropyridine derivative
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
CARDIAC
Action Class
Calcium channel blockers- Dihydropyridines (DHP)

Interaction with drugs

Taking Benicard with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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FAQs

Q. What is the use of Benicard 4mg Tablet?

Benicard 4mg Tablet is a medicine used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and Angina (heart-related chest pain). It belongs to a group of medicines that block the calcium channels in the blood vessel. It works by relaxing the blood vessels in patients with high blood pressure. This widens the diameter of the blood vessels which helps the blood to pass through them more easily.

Q. What are the side effects of Benicard 4mg Tablet?

Benicard 4mg Tablet is generally well tolerated but sometimes can also be associated with side effects like headache, dizziness, flushing, palpitations, nausea, and stomach pain. It may also cause sleepiness, ankle swelling, and fatigue. These side effects are not common in everyone but may occur in some individuals. Do consult your doctor if you notice any side effects after taking this medicine.

Q. Is Benicard 4mg Tablet good for patients of high blood pressure with kidney impairment?

Yes, Benicard 4mg Tablet has been shown to have protective effects on the kidney cells, thereby preventing them from damage. It has also been shown to decrease protein leakage from the kidney in patients who have diabetes as well as high blood pressure.

Q. Should I take Benicard 4mg Tablet in the morning or at night?

Benicard 4mg Tablet can be taken anytime in the morning or evening, usually prescribed once daily. You should use this medicine as prescribed by a doctor. It is advised to take the medicine at the same time each day so that you remember to take it and consistent levels of medicine are maintained in the body.

Q. How long do I need to take Benicard 4mg Tablet?

You should keep on taking Benicard 4mg Tablet for as long as your doctor has recommended you to take it. You may need to take it lifelong. Do not stop taking it, even if you feel well or your blood pressure is well controlled. If you stop taking Benicard 4mg Tablet, your blood pressure may increase again and your condition may worsen.

Q. What changes can I make to control my blood pressure better?

Avoid eating grapefruit (chakotra) or drinking grapefruit juice while taking Benicard 4mg Tablet. Take low sodium and low-fat diet, and adhere to the lifestyle changes as advised by your doctor.

Q. What if you forget to take Benicard 4mg Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Benicard 4mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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References

  1. Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). Benidipine. [Accessed 14 Mar. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link

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