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Cardene SR Side Effects

Swelling, hot flashes, and heart palpitations are the most common side effects reported with Cardene SR. In most cases, Cardene SR side effects are minor and can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. However, you should contact your healthcare provider right away if you develop more serious side effects while taking Cardene SR, such as difficulty breathing, fainting, or signs of an allergic reaction.

Cardene SR Side Effects: An Introduction

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with Cardene SR® (nicardipine SR). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. When side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Cardene SR. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Cardene SR side effects with you.)

Common Cardene SR Side Effects

Cardene SR has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented and then compared to the side effects of another group not taking the medicine. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common Cardene SR side effects included:
  • Swelling or water retention in the lower legs or feet -- in up to 5.9 percent of people
  • Flushing or hot flashes -- up to 4.7 percent
  • Feelings of a rapidly or forcefully beating heart (palpitations) -- up to 2.8 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 1.9 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 1.6 percent.
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Cardene SR Drug Information

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