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nimodipine Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- difficulty breathing
- dizziness or drowsiness
- irregular or fast heartbeats (palpitations)
- lightheadedness or fainting
- slow heartbeat
- swelling of the legs or ankles
- unusual bleeding or bruising, red spots on skin
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
nimodipine May Interact with Other Medications
This medicine may interact with the following medications:
- birth control pills
- certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, and telithromycin
- certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, ketoconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole, and voriconazole
- certain medicines for hepatitis C infection like boceprevir and telaprevir
- certain medicines for HIV like amprenavir, atazanavir, delavirdine, indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, and saquinavir
- certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, and valproic acid
- grapefruit juice
- medicines for high blood pressure
- St. John's Wort
How to Use nimodipine
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. It is best to take this medicine at least one hour before or two hours after meals. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Continue to take your medicine even if you feel better. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- liver disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to nimodipine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
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.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.
Alcohol can increase the chance of getting low blood pressure. Avoid alcoholic drinks while you are taking this medicine.
Keep out of reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Keep foil packaged capsules in their original foil until needed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
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Last Updated: March 2, 2015