Information about Felodipine

Felodipine Uses

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

How Felodipine works

Felodipine is a calcium channel blocker. In high blood pressure, it normalizes the blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels to reduce the pressure on them, thereby improving the blood flow in the body. The enhanced blood flow in the body further relaxes the heart muscles by reducing the workload on the heart. It also improves the oxygen flow in the body, thereby preventing any heart-related chest pain.

Common side effects of Felodipine

Dizziness, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Headache, Nausea, Palpitations, Constipation, Peripheral edema, Weakness, Dyspepsia, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Upper respiratory tract infection, Cough, Runny nose, Sneezing, Rash
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Expert advice for Felodipine

  • A sudden drop in your blood pressure may occur, especially when you first start taking Felodipine. 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 Felodipine affects you. 
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

Frequently asked questions for Felodipine


Q. Is Felodipine the same as amlodipine?

Felodipine and amlodipine belong to the same class of medicines called calcium channel blockers, both of these medicines are used for the treatment of hypertension and angina however they differ in the duration of action, dosage, etc.

Q. How does Felodipine work?

Felodipine works by relaxing the blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure, improving blood supply to the heart and reducing the strain on the heart.

Q. Is Felodipine safe?

Felodipine is generally safe to use. However, you should take it in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. It may cause some side effects that are temporary and usually resolve on their own. Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist for long. Your doctor will suggest ways to cope up with them.

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

Felodipine can be taken anytime in the morning or evening, once daily. It is advised to take it at the same time each day so that you remember to take it and the levels of medicine are maintained.

Q. How long do I need to take Felodipine?

You should keep on taking Felodipine as long as your doctor has recommended you to take it. The doctor will suggest the duration of treatment according to the condition you are being treated for and response of the medicine. You may need to take it lifelong. Do not stop taking it, as this may lead to increased blood pressure and you may fall at risk of stroke and heart attack.

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

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

Q. I have developed ankle edema and swelling over my feet after using Felodipine. What should I do?

Felodipine can cause ankle or foot swelling. Raise your legs while you are sitting down. Talk to your doctor if it does not go away.


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