No, Cardimax SR Tablet is not a beta-blocker. It is an anti-anginal medicine that is used in combination with other medicines to treat angina pectoris (chest pain caused by coronary disease). It protects the heart cells from getting affected by the reduced oxygen supply during an episode of angina.
Q. Who should not take Cardimax SR Tablet?
You should not take Cardimax SR Tablet if you are allergic to it or have severe kidney problems. Patients with Parkinson’s disease should also avoid taking Cardimax SR Tablet. Parkinson’s disease is a disease of the brain which affects movement and causes trembling, rigid posture, slow movements, and a shuffling, unbalanced walk.
Q. Can Cardimax SR Tablet be used in elderly patients?
Cardimax SR Tablet should be used with caution in patients aged more than 75 years of age. Usually, a lower dose is prescribed in elderly patients to reduce the chances of adverse effects. It is important to continuously monitor such patients.
Q. Does taking Cardimax SR Tablet increases the risk of falling down frequently?
Though it is rare, falls may occur with use of Cardimax SR Tablet. This may be due to instability while walking or fall in blood pressure while standing up. The risk may be higher in elderly patients. Therefore, they need to be more careful and should be monitored.
Q. Does Cardimax SR Tablet cause drowsiness?
Yes, Cardimax SR Tablet may make you feel dizzy and drowsy. Therefore, you should avoid driving or using heavy machinery in case it causes these side effects.
Q. How should Cardimax SR Tablet be taken?
You should take Cardimax SR Tablet exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It is meant for oral use. So, take the tablets with sufficient amount of liquid, e.g. a glass of water. You can take this medicine with or without food.
Q. What are the possible side effects of Cardimax SR Tablet?
The common side effects of Cardimax SR Tablet include dizziness, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, indigestion, and hives, rash and itching. Its use may also make you feel sick and weak. The rare side effects may include fast or irregular heartbeats (also called palpitations), fall in blood pressure on standing which can further cause dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, fall, and flushing.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.