Cardene SR Drug Information
Several different medications are available to treat high blood pressure (known medically as hypertension), including Cardene SR® (nicardipine SR). This medicine comes in capsule form and is typically taken twice a day. As a calcium channel blocker, the medication helps to slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the vessels, which improves blood flow and makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
Prior to beginning treatment with Cardene SR, information on drug interactions and possible side effects should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider also needs to know if you have plans for an upcoming surgery.
(Click Cardene SR for more information on this drug, including whether it is available in generic form, what to do in cases of overdose, and what to do if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.)