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Benidipine is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure

How it works

Benidipine is a calcium channel blocker. It blocks the action of calcium on the heart and blood vessels. This lowers the blood pressure, abnormally fast heartbeat and reduces strain on the heart following a heart attack.

Common side effects

Fatigue, Ankle swelling, Sleepiness, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Headache, Dizziness, Palpitations, Nausea, Edema, Abdominal pain

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Expert advice

  • Notify your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant.
  • Benidipine can cause swelling in the ankle or feet. Notify your doctor if it bothers you.
  • The missing dose of the Benidipine can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. You can take the medicine at the same time every day to avoid forgetting it.
  • You may get a headache that lasts for a short time, after starting Benidipine. This should become less noticeable after a few days.
  • Benidipine may cause dizziness in the first few days of starting the treatment.
  • Swelling, bleeding or tenderness of gums may occur after starting the treatment. Brushing and flossing of teeth carefully and regularly may prevent this.

Content on this page was last updated on 18 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)