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Cilnidipine is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure

How it works

Cilnidipine 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, Nausea, Dizziness, Palpitations, Edema, Abdominal pain

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Expert advice

  • It is very common to have dizziness, lightheadedness, swelling ankles/feet, flushing, or a headache as a side effect.
  • To lower your risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
  • Inform your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if it worsens (for example, your blood pressure readings remain high or increase, chest pain continues or worsens). 
  • Inform your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat, fainting.
  • Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose.

Frequently asked questions



Is cilnidipine US FDA approved?
Cilnidipine is not currently approved by the US-FDA for use in the treatment of hypertension. It is approved for use in India and Japan.


What are the uses of cilnidipine?
Cilnidipine is indicated for the treatment of hypertension.


Is cilnidipine is a novel dihydropyridine?
Yes, cilnidipine belong to a class of drugs called dihydropyridines. It is a calcium-channel blocker and is indicated for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure).

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Is cilnidipine cardioprotective?
Studies have shown that cilnidipine can exert cardioprotective action by suppressing sympathetic overactivity. It has also been shown to improve left ventricular diastolic function.

Content on this page was last updated on 28 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)