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Cilnidipine is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure , angina (chest pain), arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat) and hypertensive emergency

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

Ankle swelling, Headache, Dizziness, Palpitations, Sleepiness, Abdominal pain, Edema, Fatigue, Nausea, Flushing

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Expert advice

  • Notify your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant.
  • Cilnidipine can cause swelling in the ankle or feet. Notify your doctor if it bothers you.
  • The missing dose of the Cilnidipine 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 Cilnidipine. This should become less noticeable after a few days.
  • Cilnidipine 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.

Frequently asked questions



Is cilnidipine US FDA approved?
It is not approved by FDA for the treatment of hypertension


What are the uses of cilnidipine/Cilacar?
Cilnidipine/Cilacar is used for the treatment of hypertension


Is cilnidipine is a novel dihydropyridine?
Yes, cilnidipine belong to the class of selective dihydropyridine derivative calcium-channel blockers.

Content on this page was last updated on 21 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)