nicardipine, Cardene, Cardene SR (cont.)

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NURSING MOTHERS: Animal studies show that nicardipine is secreted in breast milk. Nicardipine should be avoided by nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects include swelling of the feet (edema), dizziness, headaches, flushing, palpitations, and nausea. Fainting, over growth of the gums, and rash also may occur. It may increase heart rate due to a drop in blood pressure. Nicardipine sometimes causes an increase in the frequency and duration of angina. The reason for this side effect is not clearly understood. Excessively low blood pressure can occur in rare instances, especially during initiation of treatment or following adjustments of dosage.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Last Editorial Review: 7/31/2012

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