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Cilnidipine is used in the treatment of high blood pressure (essentia hypertension).

How it works

Cilnidipine belong to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. It blocks the activity of calcium channels present in the blood vessels and heart muscles, and works by relaxing the blood vessels so the heart does not have to pump as hard. It also increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.

Common side effects

Palpitations, Frequent urge to urinate, Abnormal liver function tests, Blindness, Depression, Dizziness, Eye pain, Fever, Flushing, Gingival hyperplasia, Headache, Decreased blood pressure, Impotence, Lethargy, Muscle pain, Rash, Tremor


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Expert advice

  • Do not stop the intake of drug suddenly if you have angina.
  • Discontinue in patients who experience ischemic pain following administration. 

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is cilnidipine US FDA approved?
It is not approved by FDA for the treatment of hypertension.
Q. What are the uses of cilnidipine/Cilacar?
Cilnidipine/Cilacar is used for the treatment of hypertension.
Q. 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 26 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)