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Felodipine

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Uses

Felodipine is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure and angina (chest pain)

How it works

Felodipine 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

Sleepiness, Fatigue, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Headache, Dizziness, Ankle swelling, Palpitations, Nausea, Edema, Abdominal pain

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Expert advice

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

Felodipine

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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

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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

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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 hear

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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

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Can felodipine be taken with ibuprofen?
Felodipine can be taken along with ibuprofen. Do consult your doctor before use

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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 20 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)