- What is felodipine, and how does it work?
- What brand names are available for felodipine?
- Is this drug available as a generic?
- Do I need a prescription for it?
- Why do doctors prescribe (uses) felodipine?
- What are the side effects of felodipine?
- How should I take this drug (dosage)?
- Which drugs, supplements, or foods interact with felodipine?
- Is it safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about this drug?
What is felodipine, and how does it work?
Felodipine is an oral calcium channel blocker (CCB) of the dihydropyridine (DHP) class. Other calcium channel blockers in the DHP class include:
- nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat)
- amlodipine (Norvasc)
- nisoldipine (Sular)
- nicardipine (Cardene)
- isradipine (Dynacirc)
Calcium is necessary for muscle cells to contract. Felodipine prevents calcium from being released within the muscle cells of the small arteries and thereby causes the muscles to relax and the arteries to dilate or expand. Dilation of arteries reduces blood pressure. It has little or no effect on the muscles of veins or the heart.
What brand names are available for felodipine?
Plendil is the brand name available for this drug in the US.
Is this drug available as a generic ?
Yes, it is available as a generic drug.
Do I need a prescription for it?
Yes, you need a prescription from your doctor or health care professional.
Why doctors prescribe (uses) felodipine?
- Felodipine is used to treat high blood pressure to prevent heart attacks and strokes. It may be used alone or in combination with other drugs.
- It also is used to treat patients with angina although it is not FDA approved for this use.
What are the side effects of felodipine?
The most common side effects reported by patients include:
- Peripheral edema (swollen ankles and feet)
- Increased heart rate
- Low blood pressure
Other important side effects include:
- Overgrowth of gums
- Frequent urination
- Skin eruptions
- Upper respiratory tract reactions
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