Benidipine 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.
LNT 8mg Tablet is a medicine used to treat Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Angina (heart-related chest pain). It belongs to a group of medicines which 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. What are the side effects of LNT 8mg Tablet?
LNT 8mg Tablet is generally well tolerated but sometimes can also be associated with side effects like headache, dizziness, flushing, palpitations, nausea and stomach pain. It may also cause sleepiness, ankle swelling and fatigue. These side effects are not common in everyone but may occur in some individuals. Do consult your doctor if you notice any side effects after taking this medicine.
Q. Is LNT 8mg Tablet good for patients of high blood pressure with kidney impairment?
Yes, LNT 8mg Tablet has been shown to have protective effects on the kidney cells, thereby preventing them from damage. It has also been shown to decrease protein leakage from the kidney in patients who have diabetes as well as high blood pressure.
Q. Should I take LNT 8mg Tablet in the morning or at night?
LNT 8mg Tablet can be taken anytime in the morning or evening, usually prescribed once daily. You should used this medicine as prescribed by a doctor. It is advised to take the medicine 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 LNT 8mg Tablet?
You should keep on taking LNT 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 LNT 8mg Tablet, your blood pressure may increase again and your condition may worsen.
Q. What changes can I make to control my blood pressure better?
Avoid eating grapefruit (chakotra) or drinking grapefruit juice while taking LNT 8mg Tablet. Take a low sodium and low fat diet, and adhere to the lifestyle changes as advised by your doctor.
Q. What if you forget to take LNT 8mg Tablet?
If you miss a dose of LNT 8mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
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.