Frequently asked questions for Azelnidipine
Q. What is the use of Azelnidipine?Azelnidipine is a medicine used to treat high blood pressure. 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. Is Azelnidipine bad for the kidneys?No, there is no evidence that Azelnidipine causes deterioration of kidney problems. Azelnidipine can be used in normal doses in patients with kidney problems. In fact, it helps to prevent injury to the kidneys due to hypertension by lowering the blood pressure.
Q. Should I take Azelnidipine in the morning or at night?Azelnidipine can be taken anytime in the morning or evening, usually prescribed once daily. You should take this medicine as advised by the doctor. It is advised to take it 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 Azelnidipine?You should keep on taking Azelnidipine 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 Azelnidipine, your blood pressure may increase again and your condition may worsen.
Q. Is Azelnidipine a beta-blocker?No, Azelnidipine is not a beta blocker. It belongs to a class of medicines known as calcium channel blockers. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can easily flow through the blood vessels.
Q. What are the serious side effects of Azelnidipine?Azelnidipine may cause some serious side effects such as liver problems (yellowing of skin, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite), pancreatitis (severe stomach pain, nausea and vomiting), and recurrent chest pain which may be indicative of a heart attack. However, these side effects are rarely seen. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medicine because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of any potential side effects. Hence, follow your doctor's advice while on treatment.
Q. What should I avoid while taking Azelnidipine?Before starting any new prescription or non-prescription medicines or supplements, consult your doctor first Avoid eating grapefruit (chakotra) or drinking grapefruit juice while taking Azelnidipine. Take a low sodium and low fat diet, and adhere to the lifestyle changes as advised by your doctor.
Q. I have developed ankle edema and swelling over my feet after using Azelnidipine. What should I do?Azelnidipine can cause ankle or foot swelling. Raise your legs while you are sitting down. Talk to your doctor if it does not go away.