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    Benidipine

    Information about Benidipine

    Benidipine uses

    Benidipine is used in the treatment of Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Angina (heart-related chest pain).

    How benidipine works

    Benidipine is a calcium channel blocker. It regulates the blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels and reducing the pressure on them, thereby making it easier for the heart to pump more blood throughout the body. In this way, it normalizes the blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure.

    Common side effects of benidipine

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

    • You have been prescribed Benidipine to improve your blood pressure and/or to reduce the number and severity of angina attacks.
    • Lowering blood pressure reduces the chance of future heart attack and stroke.
    • 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 Benidipine. 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 Benidipine affects you. 
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

    Frequently asked questions for Benidipine

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    Q. What is the use of Benidipine?

    Benidipine is a medicine used to treat Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Angina (heart-related chest pain). It belongs to a group of medicines which 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. What are the side effects of Benidipine?

    Benidipine is generally well tolerated but sometimes can also be associated with side effects like headache, dizziness, flushing, palpitations, nausea and stomach pain. It may also cause sleepiness, ankle swelling and fatigue. These side effects are not common in everyone but may occur in some individuals. Do consult your doctor if you notice any side effects after taking this medicine.

    Q. Is Benidipine good for patients of high blood pressure with kidney impairment?

    Yes, Benidipine has been shown to have protective effects on the kidney cells, thereby preventing them from damage. It has also been shown to decrease protein leakage from the kidney in patients who have diabetes as well as high blood pressure.

    Q. Should I take Benidipine in the morning or at night?

    Benidipine can be taken anytime in the morning or evening, usually prescribed once daily. You should used this medicine as prescribed by a doctor. It is advised to take the medicine 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 Benidipine?

    You should keep on taking Benidipine 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 Benidipine, your blood pressure may increase again and your condition may worsen.

    Q. What changes can I make to control my blood pressure better?

    Avoid eating grapefruit (chakotra) or drinking grapefruit juice while taking Benidipine. Take a low sodium and low fat diet, and adhere to the lifestyle changes as advised by your doctor.

    Q. What if you forget to take Benidipine?

    If you miss a dose of Benidipine, 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.

    Content on this page was last updated on 18 February, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)