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Nicardia 10 Capsule


Overview

Introduction

Nicardia 10 Capsule is a medicine used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and to prevent angina (heart-related chest pain). It belongs to a class of medicines known as calcium channel blockers. It lowers blood pressure and reduces the workload of the heart. This helps prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Nicardia 10 Capsule may be prescribed alone or along with other medicines. The dose and how often you need it will be decided by your doctor so that you get the right amount to treat your condition. Your doctor may adjust the dose depending on how you respond to this medicine and your blood pressure levels. You can take it at any time of the day, with or without food, but it is best to take it at the same time each day. Take this medicine as soon as you have taken it out of the packet. It is sensitive to light and may not work properly if it is left out of the pack for too long.

Keep taking it for as long as advised by your doctor. Even if you feel well, do not stop this medicine on your own because 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. Follow your doctor’s advice while taking this medicine.

The most common side effects include fatigue, swelling in the feet or ankles, dizziness, unusual heartbeat (palpitations), flushing, constipation, and headache. 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 heart, 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. Avoid excessive alcohol intake while taking this medicine as it can significantly decrease your blood pressure and make you feel dizzy or light-headed. You should have your blood pressure checked regularly to make sure that this medicine is working properly.

Side effects of Nicardia Capsule

Common
  • Ankle swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Fatigue
  • Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk)
  • Headache
  • Palpitations

How to use Nicardia Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not chew, crush or break it. Nicardia 10 Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Nicardia Capsule works

Nicardia 10 Capsule is a calcium channel blocker. In high blood pressure, it normalizes the blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels to reduce the pressure on them, thereby improving the blood flow in the body. The enhanced blood flow in the body further relaxes the heart muscles by reducing the workload on the heart. It also improves the oxygen flow in the body, thereby, preventing any heart-related chest pain.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Nicardia 10 Capsule. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Nicardia 10 Capsule may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Nicardia 10 Capsule is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
CAUTION
Nicardia 10 Capsule may cause dizziness or weakness due to low blood pressure. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Nicardia 10 Capsule may make you feel dizzy, faint, extremely tired or have visual disturbances. This may affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Nicardia 10 Capsule is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Nicardia 10 Capsule is recommended.
However, talk to your doctor if you have any underlying kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Nicardia 10 Capsule should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Nicardia 10 Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Nicardia Capsule?

If you miss a dose of Nicardia 10 Capsule, 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

  • 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 Nicardia 10 Capsule. 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 Nicardia 10 Capsule affects you. 
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Nicardia with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Amom, Samlodon, Amodep
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Patient Concerns

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What is heart attack? When heart attack coming?
Dr. Nabajit Talukdar
Cardiology
Related to chest pain angina commonly
I am 21 weeks pregnant.doctor prescribed me to take nicardia retarded 10 mg twice daily since 14 week.i have normal blood pressure 80 /120.MacDonald cervix stitch was happened 14 weeks.is nicardia safe in pregnancy
Dr. Suman Rao
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Yes it can be taken if required. Generally given to relax the uterus in case you are at high risk of having preterm labour
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FAQs

Q. Is Nicardia a diuretic?

No, Nicardia is not a diuretic medication. However, some evidence indicates that Nicardia has a partial diuretic property which may result in increased sodium loss through urine. It is a medication which relaxes the blood vessels by directly acting on them. This helps to decrease the blood pressure of the individual. As a result, blood flows more easily and lowers blood pressure, which helps to reduce the strain or pressure on your heart.

Q. Is Nicardia bad for kidneys?

No, Nicardia is not bad for kidneys. In few research studies, taking Nicardia in recommended doses has in fact been shown to be beneficial for the kidneys. It is not advised to use this medicine without consulting the doctor. It should be used exactly as prescribed.

Q. Can Nicardia cause liver damage?

Yes,Nicardia can cause liver damage in some cases, but this is very rare. However, some people may develop a rise in liver enzymes after taking Nicardia. Let your doctor know if you notice any such changes in your recent lab tests. Do not start this medication without consulting your doctor and do inform him if you have any history of liver disease or liver damage. This is because, in case of liver damage, dose adjustment may be required.

Q. Does Nicardia affect blood sugar?

No, Nicardia does not cause any change in blood sugar levels. It has been observed that Nicardia has no effect on the release of insulin or change in blood sugar levels. However, before starting the medicine, inform the doctor if you are diabetic. This is done because the medicine for blood pressure is suggested accordingly when a patient is diabetic.

Q. Can Nicardia be used in pregnancy and nursing mothers?

It is advised that you should consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding. It should be used only if prescribed by the doctor in case of pregnancy. Studies have shown significant risks to the developing baby and it is given only if the benefits are clearly more than the risks involved.

Q. Does Nicardia cause palpitations?

Yes. Nicardia can cause palpitations as a side effect. However, this is usually not bothersome and resolves as you continue with the treatment. If the symptom persists for long, consult the doctor who will suggest the ways to prevent it.

Q. Do I need to change my diet while taking Nicardia?

Yes, making small changes to your diet can help your medicine work better. You must take a low sodium and low-fat diet, and adhere to the lifestyle changes as advised by your doctor. You should also avoid eating grapefruit (chakotra) or drinking grapefruit juice while taking Nicardia.

Q. My blood pressure is now controlled. Can I stop taking Nicardia now?

No, do not stop taking it on your own as it may worsen your condition. You should take Nicardia in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Consult your doctor for any query or dose modification.

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