Nitrendipine 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 normalize the blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure.
Q. How long does it take for Cardif 10mg Tablet to show its effect?
Cardif 10mg Tablet starts working on the day you start taking it. However, it may take up to 2 weeks to notice the full benefits of Cardif 10mg Tablet. Since there are usually no symptoms of hypertension, you may not notice any difference unless you get your blood pressure checked. Keep taking this medicine regularly as advised by your doctor and keep a track of your blood pressure.
Q. It has been six months since I started taking Cardif 10mg Tablet and my blood pressure is under control. Can I stop taking it now?
No, continue taking Cardif 10mg Tablet even if you feel better and your blood pressure is under control. Stopping Cardif 10mg Tablet suddenly may cause your blood pressure to increase and your chances of stroke or heart attack may rise. Usually once you start taking any medicine for controlling blood pressure, you have to continue taking it life long unless you cannot tolerate it.
Q. I have been told that I have to take Cardif 10mg Tablet for several years. Is it safe to take it for a long time?
Cardif 10mg Tablet is a blood pressure-lowering medicine. It does not cure hypertension but helps to keep the blood pressure under control for as long as you take it. For this reason, blood pressure-lowering medicines may need to be taken for a long period of time or even lifelong. Cardif 10mg Tablet is safe and well tolerated by most people and does not have any lasting toxicity when taken for a long time. For best results, take it exactly as advised by the doctor. Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor first.
Q. Should I take Cardif 10mg Tablet in the morning or at night?
Cardif 10mg Tablet can be taken anytime in the morning or evening, usually prescribed once daily. Take the 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. I have developed swelling over my ankles after using Cardif 10mg Tablet. What should I do?
Cardif 10mg 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.
Q. Do I need to change my diet while using Cardif 10mg Tablet?
Avoid eating grapefruit (chakotra) or drinking grapefruit juice while taking Cardif 10mg Tablet. Take a low sodium and low-fat diet, and adhere to the lifestyle changes as advised by your doctor.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 19th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.