NICARDIA 10mg Capsule 10's


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Drug Information for NICARDIA 10mg Capsule 10's

What is NICARDIA 10mg Capsule used for?

NICARDIA 10mg Capsule is used for the treatment of high blood pressure and angina pectoris.

NICARDIA 10mg Capsule may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does NICARDIA 10mg Capsule work?

NICARDIA 10mg Capsule belongs to the class of drugs called anti-anginal drugs. This drug acts by dilating the peripheral and coronary blood vessels and reduces the afterload on the heart.  Thus, it helps in decreasing blood pressure and chest pain.

How to take NICARDIA 10mg Capsule?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take NICARDIA 10mg Capsule as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet/capsule whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet/capsule. Take NICARDIA 10mg Capsule tablets with or without food.

If you miss a dose of NICARDIA 10mg Capsule, take it once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

The overdose symptoms of NICARDIA 10mg Capsule include the following:

  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Decreased heartbeat
  • Hyperglycaemia

You must seek immediate medical care if you experience any of the above symptoms.

What are the drugs that interact with NICARDIA 10mg Capsule?

Drugs that interact with NICARDIA 10mg Capsule include the following:

  • Cyclosporine
  • Cimetidine
  • Dexamethasone
  • Diclofenac
  • Erythromycin
  • Fluconazole
  • Fluoxetine
  • Nelfinavir
  • Naproxen
  • Phenobarbital
  • Saquinavir

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of NICARDIA 10mg Capsule?

The following are the most common side effects of NICARDIA 10mg Capsule:

  • Dizziness
  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Eye pain
  • Visual impairment
  • Vertigo
  • Mood alterations
  • Pruritus
  • Fever

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Oedema
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Palpitations
  • Lethargy
  • Fainting
  • Migraine
  • Rash
  • Tremors

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking NICARDIA 10mg Capsule?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to NICARDIA 10mg Capsule or similar drugs.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may worsen the side effects of NICARDIA 10mg Capsule.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if NICARDIA 10mg Capsule causes dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Avoid NICARDIA 10mg Capsule during pregnancy or breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is not yet established.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.
  • Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice 3 days before taking and while on NICARDIA 10mg Capsule medication.
  • Be cautious while taking NICARDIA 10mg Capsule if you have any kidney or liver impairment.
  • Keep the medication out of reach of children.

You are advised not to take NICARDIA 10mg Capsule if:

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking NICARDIA 10mg Capsule?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of diabetes, heart attack, ulcers or heart failure.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Notify your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently Asked questions about NICARDIA 10mg Capsule

  1. How should NICARDIA 10mg Capsule be stored?
  2. Store NICARDIA 10mg Capsule tablets at room temperature (15 – 30OC). Protect from light, heat, and moisture.

  3. Should I follow any special dietary instructions while taking NICARDIA 10mg Capsule tablets?
  4. Yes, it is advised to consume low-fat and low-sodium diet while on NICARDIA 10mg Capsule medication.

  5. Is it safe to use NICARDIA 10mg Capsule in elderly?
  6. NICARDIA 10mg Capsule should be used with caution in elderly. Consult your doctor before using the drug.

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