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Felodipine is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and to prevent or reduce the frequency of angina (chest pain due to reduced blood supply to heart).

How it works

Felodipine belongs to a group of medications called calcium channel blockers. It works by relaxing the blood vessels, thereby lowering the blood pressure. Felodipine also helps in supplying more blood to heart muscle, lowering the chance of angina.

Common side effects

Palpitations, Peripheral edema, Dizziness, Fatigue, Flushing, Headache


Expert advice

  • Take special care while taking felodipine if you have low blood pressure with abnormal heartbeats, poorly functioning left ventricle, liver problems, have intolerance to some sugars, acute porphyria (a rare blood pigment disorder that affects skin, liver and other organs).
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you feel dizzy or tired after taking felodipine.
  • Do not stop treatment even if you feel better unless advised.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


 Q. Is felodipine a statin, ACE inhibitor, beta-blocker, diuretic or calcium channel blocker?
Felodipine is not a statin, ACE inhibitor, beta-blocker or diuretic. It is a calcium channel blocker.
Q. Is felodipine the same as amlodipine?
Felodipine and amlodipine belongs to the same class of drugs however they differ in the effect they produce and the duration of action. 
Q. Is felodipine a blood thinner?
Felodipine is not a blood thinner. It works by relaxing the blood vessels, thereby lowering the blood pressure, improving blood supply to heart and reducing the strain on heart
Q. Is felodipine safe?
Felodipine is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor. In case of side effects do consult your doctor.
Q. Can felodipine be taken with ibuprofen?
Felodipine can be taken along with ibuprofen. Do consult your doctor before use.
Q. Does felodipine cause constipation, weight gain, erectile dysfunction, hair loss, swollen ankles or edema, lower heart rate, coughing, make you tired and get you high?
Felodipine can cause constipation, weight gain, erectile dysfunction, swollen ankles, edema, lowers heart rate, coughing, make you tired. There is no data available whether felodipine causes hair loss or get you high.

Content on this page was last updated on 15 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)