Plendil is an oral tablet made up of a calcium channel blocker called felodipine. We carry this medication in the brand choice and generic alternative in 2.5mg, 5mg, and 10mg!
Plendil is prescribed to patients to control high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Hypertension can be caused by a number of factors ranging from personal decisions like smoking, lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption to factors out of your control such as aging, genetics and diseases like kidney and thyroid problems. Hypertension can also lead to serious conditions like strokes and heart attacks, which can sometimes be fatal.
Plendil (felodipine) is effective at treating high blood pressure because it is able to relax and widen your blood vessels which allow your heart to pump blood more easy and reduces the work load.
Only take this medication the way that your doctor has directed you too. Taking the incorrect dose can lead to unwanted side effects, ineffectiveness, or adverse interactions.
Ensure you take the medication the same way every time; you may take the medication without food or with a light meal. The tablet should be swallowed whole; do not crush, chew, or break the tablet. Ensure you are keeping up with all necessary blood pressure tests and doctor appointments; you may need occasional dose adjustments.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Do not use Plendil (felodipine)
Do not use Plendil if you are allergic to felodipine.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
It is very important you tell your doctor if you have liver disease or congestive heart failure before using this drug. You may need a dose adjustment or order special tests.
There are many drug interactions with Plendil. Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking, including prescription, over the counter, herbal supplements, and vitamins.
This medication may cause mild swelling in the gums which can be avoided if you brush and floss your teeth regularly during treatment.
Consult your doctor before using this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It has not be established if this drug will harm an unborn baby or if it will pass through breast milk and harm a nursing infant. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks.
Common or less serious side effects of Plendil (felodipine) may include:
headache, dizziness, drowsiness, weakness; feeling restless or nervous; nausea, upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain; sleep problems (insomnia); joint pain or muscle cramps; warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin; mild rash; urinating more than usual; or cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Plendil (felodipine) may include:
feeling like you might pass out; feeling short of breath, swelling in your hands or feet; fast or pounding heartbeats; numbness or tingly feeling; or chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling.
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
What are some of the drugs that will interact with Plendil?
Some drug interactions associated with Plendil (felodipine) include antibiotics, antifungal medications, antidepressants, beta-blockers, HIV/AIDS medicine, other heart or blood pressure medications, or seizure medication. This is not a complete list of drugs that interact with felodipine. Consult your doctor to learn more about which specific drugs interact with felodipine.
What should I avoid while using this medication?
Avoid using grapefruit products throughout the duration of treatment. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with this medication and may lead to potentially dangerous effects.
Can I drink alcohol while using this product?
No. It is not recommended as alcohol consumption may lead to increase side effects.
What happens if I overdose?
In the case of an overdose; contact emergency medical services or call your local poison help line. Ensure you are aware what the signs of an overdose look like. (Signs of overdose may include severe dizziness, slow heart rate, redness or tingling in your arms and legs, and feeling like you might pass out).
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