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About the drug:
Felodipine is the member of Calcium channel blockers (Calcium antagonist) drug class. This drug is given for the treatment of hypertension and angina pectoris (chest pain). Felodipine is sold under various brand names.
Uses of the drug:
Felodipine is given in heart related problems like hypertension and cardiac arrhythmia that make the person prone to serious cardiovascular diseases like heart failure, heart attack and angina pectoris.
Working of the drug:
Felodipine is a calcium channel blocker and is given in almost every heart related problems. Felodipine blocks the calcium release from calcium channels. Calcium is very necessary for the contraction of muscle cells. This blockage relaxes the blood vessels and allows them to dilate and expand. As a result of which blood circulation eases down. This all results in lower blood pressure and improves the efficiency of the heart. It lowers the heart load so is given in Angina pectoris also.
Felogard Extended release tablets are manufactured by Cipla, a pharmaceutical giant. You can buy Felogard 2.5 mg online at alldaychemist.com at very cheap rates.
Dosage forms and strengths:
Felodipine tablets are available in the following strength on the website:
• Felogard 2.5 mg
• Felogard 5 mg
• Felogard 10 mg
Before you take the drug:
• Do not take Felodipine if you:
Have an allergy to Felodipine or any other ingredient present in the drug
Have kidney disease
Are having a liver disorder like cirrhosis
• Tell your doctor if you:
Have had a heart attack less than one month ago
Have coronary artery disease
Have congestive heart failure
Have slow digestion
Are having hypothyroidism, etc.
How much to take the drug?
Always take the dose as prescribed by the physician. It is very important to consume medicine timely. The general recommended dose ranges from 2.5-10 mg once in a day. With time, dose adjustments are generally done according to the response of the patient.
How to take the drug?
Swallow the whole tablet with one glass full of water. Do not crush or chew it. This is an extended release tablet, i.e. the tablet is released slowly over a day to give a more even effect.
A single dose of Felodipine can be taken once in a day. Take the dose in the morning or as prescribed by the doctor. It should be taken empty stomach most probably about 1 hour before the meal. In some cases it can be taken after at least two hour gap from the last meal taken. It is best to take it at the same time daily because it shows best results and also helps to remember when to take the drug.
For how long to take it?
It is important to take the drug as instructed by your doctor. Abrupt discontinuation of medicine can cause adverse reactions. So before stopping the drug intake, always consult a physician first. You can easily buy Felogard 2.5 mg online at alldaychemist.com at very cheap rates.
You may need urgent medical attention if you experience below mentioned symptoms:
• Dizziness or headache
• Fast heartbeat
Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the dose and take your next dose at the correct time. Do not double up the dose to compensate for the missed one.
Side effects of the drug:
All medicines have their side effects, sometimes they are serious, but most of the times they are not. Common side effects are mentioned below:
• Decreased sexual ability
• Yellowing of skin
• Severity of pain in chest
• Flushing or fainting
• Blurred vision
• Swelling of hands and feet
• Breathing difficulties
• Skin rashes, etc.
Common drug interactions:
Give complete information to your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Felodipine. Drugs listed below may interact with Felodipine and can hinder its normal functioning:
• Erythromycin base
• Erythromycin ethylsuccinate
• Erythromycin lactobionate
• Erythromycin stearate
• NSAIDs like Diclofenac, Cambia and Indomethacin
Things to remember:
• Don’t use the expired medicine
• To reduce dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position
• Do not give this medicine to anyone else without proper prescription even if the symptoms looks similar
• Don’t exceed the recommended dose
• Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
• Limit the intake of alcoholic beverages
• Do not drink grapefruit juice
• Monitor your blood pressure levels regularly