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Drug Interactions With Nicardipine

Nicardipine can potentially interact with a few other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Nicardipine for more information).
 

What If I Take an Overdose?

People who take too much nicardipine may have overdose symptoms that could include:
 
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • A slow heart rate (bradycardia)
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Liver problems.
     
If you happen to overdose on this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
 
(Click Cardene Overdose for more information.)
 

How Should Nicardipine Be Stored?

Nicardipine should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat, in an airtight container. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.
 

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you do not take your nicardipine as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.
 

How Does This Medication Work?

Nicardipine is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It helps to slow down the rate at which calcium moves into the 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.
 
There are two basic types of calcium channel blockers: dihydropyridine and non-dihydropyridine. The most important difference between the two types is that non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers can slow down the heart rate, while dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers do not. Nicardipine is a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, which means that it does not usually decrease the heart rate.
 
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