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Generic: felodipine
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It affects the amount of calcium found in your heart and muscle cells
               



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What is this medicine?

FELODIPINE (fe LOE di peen) is a calcium- channel blocker. It affects the amount of calcium found in your heart and muscle cells. This relaxes your blood vessels, which can reduce the amount of work the heart has to do. This medicine is used to lower high blood pressure.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • heart problems, low blood pressure, slow or irregular heartbeat
  • liver disease
  • previous heart attack
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to felodipine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not crush or chew. Take this medicine either on an empty stomach or with a light meal. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often then directed. Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional how you can gradually reduce the dose.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • grapefruit juice

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • cimetidine
  • medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole
  • medicines for high blood pressure
  • medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, and phenytoin
  • certain antibiotics like clarithromycin and erythromycin
  • some medicines for heart- rhythm problems
  • tacrolimus

               
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