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Benidipine is used for the treatment of high blood pressure and chest pain that occurs due to compromised blood supply to the heart (angina).

How it works

Benidipine belongs to a class of medications called as calcium channel blockers. It acts by relaxing the blood vessels and also improving the blood supply to the heart, thereby decreasing blood pressure and preventing or relieving the episode of angina.

Common side effects

Edema, Palpitations, Skin rash, Hypersensitivity reaction, Liver enzyme increased, Frequent urge to urinate, Itching, Chest tightness, Constipation, Dizziness, Flushing, Headache, Hot flashes, Feeling of discomfort, Nausea, Ringing in ear, Shoulder stiffness, Skin redness, Warm sensation, Sleepiness, Gastrointestinal discomfort


Expert advice

  • Always take benidipine with food. 
  • Tell your doctor if you ever experienced any allergic reaction (itch, rash, etc.) or if you are a patient with severe heart disease/ heart failure, low blood pressure or liver dysfunction.
  • Inform your doctor if you are receiving other medications for high blood pressure, as combination of medicines may excessively lower the blood pressure.
  • Exercise caution when you work at heights and do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery as benidipine may cause dizziness or light-headedness.
  • Do not stop benidipine intake on your own without consulting your doctor.
  • Do not consume this drug if you are allergic to benidipine or any of its ingredients.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)