Azelnidipine is a calcium channel blocker. It regulates the blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels and reducing the pressure on them, thereby making it easier for the heart to pump more blood throughout the body. In this way, it normalizes the blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure.
Azovas 8mg Tablet is a medicine used to treat high blood pressure. It belongs to a group of medicines that block the calcium channels in the blood vessel. It works by relaxing the blood vessels in patients with high blood pressure. This widens the diameter of the blood vessels which helps the blood to pass through them more easily.
Q. Is Azovas 8mg Tablet bad for the kidneys?
No, there is no evidence that Azovas 8mg Tablet causes deterioration of kidney problems. Azovas 8mg Tablet can be used in normal doses in patients with kidney problems. In fact, it helps to prevent injury to the kidneys due to hypertension by lowering the blood pressure.
Q. Should I take Azovas 8mg Tablet in the morning or at night?
Azovas 8mg Tablet can be taken anytime in the morning or evening, usually prescribed once daily. You should take this medicine as advised by the doctor. It is advised to take it at the same time each day so that you remember to take it and consistent levels of medicine are maintained in the body.
Q. How long do I need to take Azovas 8mg Tablet?
You should keep on taking Azovas 8mg Tablet for as long as your doctor has recommended you to take it. You may need to take it lifelong. Do not stop taking it, even if you feel well or your blood pressure is well controlled. If you stop taking Azovas 8mg Tablet, your blood pressure may increase again and your condition may worsen.
Q. Is Azovas 8mg Tablet a beta-blocker?
No, Azovas 8mg Tablet is not a beta blocker. It belongs to a class of medicines known as calcium channel blockers. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can easily flow through the blood vessels.
Q. What are the serious side effects of Azovas 8mg Tablet?
Azovas 8mg Tablet may cause some serious side effects such as liver problems (yellowing of skin, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite), pancreatitis (severe stomach pain, nausea and vomiting), and recurrent chest pain which may be indicative of a heart attack. However, these side effects are rarely seen. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medicine because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of any potential side effects. Hence, follow your doctor's advice while on treatment.
Q. What should I avoid while taking Azovas 8mg Tablet?
Before starting any new prescription or non-prescription medicines or supplements, consult your doctor first Avoid eating grapefruit (chakotra) or drinking grapefruit juice while taking Azovas 8mg Tablet. 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 Azovas 8mg Tablet. What should I do?
Azovas 8mg Tablet can cause ankle or foot swelling. Raise your legs while you are sitting down. Talk to your doctor if it does not go away.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 13th Mar 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.