Nicostar 10 Tablet

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Introduction

Nicostar 10 Tablet is a medicine used to prevent and treat heart-related chest pain (angina). It is usually prescribed when other heart medicines are either not suitable or have not worked. It reduces the risk of an angina attack by widening blood vessels and improving blood flow to the heart.

Nicostar 10 Tablet may be taken with or without food. It should be swallowed whole with water. Take this medicine regularly and at about the same time(s) each day. Your doctor will decide the dose and how often you should take it. This may change from time to time depending on how well it is working. Do not stop taking it without talking to our doctor as sudden withdrawal may cause your chest pain to come back. You can improve the health of your heart by making some lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, cutting down on alcohol, eating well, exercising regularly, and managing stress.

The most common side effect of this medicine is headache, especially during the first few days of treatment. This usually improves within a week. However,  drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding alcohol may help. Other common side effects include dizziness or weakness, nausea, and flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck, and trunk). Talk to your doctor if these bother you or do not go away.

Nicostar 10 Tablet may not be suitable for some people. Inform your doctor if you have a history of low blood pressure or heart failure. Also let your doctor know about all other medications that you are using as some may affect, or be affected by this medicine. You should not take any medicines for erectile dysfunction with this medicine. Nicostar 10 Tablet is not usually recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Uses of Nicostar Tablet

Benefits of Nicostar Tablet

In Treatment of Angina (heart-related chest pain)

Nicostar 10 Tablet helps in prevention as well as treatment of angina. Angina is a chest pain that is usually caused by the narrowing of the blood vessels which supply your heart. This means your heart does not get enough oxygen. Nicostar 10 Tablet relaxes and widens the blood vessels so more blood (and oxygen) gets to your heart. This reduces the pain and discomfort that angina causes thereby improving your ability to exercise and go about your daily life more easily. This medicine needs to be taken regularly to be effective so keep taking it even if you are not having any angina symptoms.

Side effects of Nicostar 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 Nicostar

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk)

How to use Nicostar 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. Nicostar 10 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Nicostar Tablet works

Nicostar 10 Tablet is a vasodilator. It works by reducing the workload of the heart. As a result, heart muscle does not need as much blood and oxygen supply. This reduces the frequency and severity of angina attacks.

Safety advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Nicostar 10 Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Nicostar 10 Tablet 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.
Breast feeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Nicostar 10 Tablet during breastfeeding is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Driving
UNSAFE
Nicostar 10 Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Nicostar 10 Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Nicostar 10 Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Nicostar 10 Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Nicostar 10 Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Nicostar Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Nicostar 10 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 must continue to take it as advised, usually for a long time.
  • Nicostar 10 Tablet may cause headaches. Drink plenty of water and take a suitable painkiller. Inform your doctor if it does not go away.
  • Nicostar 10 Tablet may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything which requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • Do not consume alcohol while taking Nicostar 10 Tablet as that may cause increased dizziness.
  • Do not take medications like sildenafil or tadalafil (prescribed for erectile dysfunction) while on treatment with Nicostar 10 Tablet as it may cause low blood pressure.
  • Inform your doctor if you notice any bleeding from the anal passage, blood in vomit or black stools.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Nicotinamides Derivatives
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
CARDIAC
Action Class
Potassium channel opener

Interaction with drugs

Taking Nicostar 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 class of drug is Nicostar 10 Tablet and what is it used for?

Nicostar 10 Tablet belongs to a class of medicines known as “potassium channel openers”. It helps in the removal of potassium from the walls of arteries resulting in the widening of the arteries. This decreases the workload of the heart to pump the blood. It also improves the blood and oxygen supply to your heart muscle. It is prescribed to patients with stable angina (heart-related chest pain) who cannot take other medicines (beta-blockers, calcium channel antagonist) meant for angina.

Q. Can I stop taking Nicostar 10 Tablet?

No, you should not stop taking Nicostar 10 Tablet without speaking to your doctor first. If you stop Nicostar 10 Tablet suddenly, your anginal pain may recur. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any side effects.

Q. How long does it take Nicostar 10 Tablet to start working?

Nicostar 10 Tablet starts working after about an hour of taking the medicine, but full benefits may be seen only after 4 to 5 days.

Q. For how long do I need to continue Nicostar 10 Tablet?

Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you. Nicostar 10 Tablet is generally prescribed for a long term. You may even need to take it for the rest of your life.

Q. What if somebody accidentally takes excess of Nicostar 10 Tablet?

He or she should be taken to the hospital immediately. The person may experience signs of low blood pressure, which include feeling weak or dizzy. He or she may also experience irregular or fast heart beat.

Q. Can I take Nicostar 10 Tablet if I am taking aspirin?

You should avoid taking Nicostar 10 Tablet and aspirin together. Taking the two medicines together increases the risk of ulcer or bleeding in the mouth, stomach or intestine. Immediately consult your doctor, If you notice blood in your stool or vomit while using Nicostar 10 Tablet.

Q. Who should not use Nicostar 10 Tablet?

People who are allergic to Nicostar 10 Tablet or any of its ingredients should avoid using this medicine. Also, patients who have heart problems such as cardiogenic shock or left ventricular failure with low filling pressure or cardiac decompensation or have a build-up of fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema) should not use Nicostar 10 Tablet. Additionally, patients taking medicines to treat erectile dysfunction (e.g., sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil) or medicines to treat pulmonary hypertension (e.g., riociguat) should not use the medication. Your blood pressure may be affected if these medicines are taken with Nicostar 10 Tablet or if you have low blood volume.

Q. Can Nicostar 10 Tablet affect my sex life?

No, Nicostar 10 Tablet does not affect your sex life. However, it is not recommended to take medicines used to treat erectile dysfunction (e.g., sildenafil or tadalafil) or premature ejaculation (e.g., vardenafil or dapoxetine) while taking Nicostar 10 Tablet. Taking them together can lead to a serious drop in your blood pressure.

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