nisoldipine, Sular (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
PRESCRIBED FOR: Nisoldipine is used to treat high blood pressure. It may be used alone or in combination with other agents.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of nisoldipine are:
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Tablets (Extended Release): 8.5, 17, 20, 25.5, 30, 34, and 40 mg.
STORAGE: Tablets should be stored below 30 C (86 F) and should be protected from light and moisture.
DOSING: The recommended dose is 17 to 34 mg or 20 to 40 mg daily depending on the formulation that is used. Doses may be increased at one week intervals. Tablets should be swallowed whole and taken on an empty stomach. Individuals with poor liver function require lower doses of nisoldipine.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Cimetidine (Tagamet) or any drug that reduces the activity of liver enzymes that break down nisoldipine can increase blood levels of nisoldipine, possibly causing more side effects. Examples of drugs that may reduce break down of nisoldipine include ketoconazole, itraconazole (Sporanox), and erythromycin.
PREGNANCY: The effects of nisoldipine in pregnancy are unknown.
NURSING MOTHERS: It is unknown if nisoldipine appears in breast milk.
Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD
Reference: FDA Prescribing Information
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2015
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