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Nicardipine Effects, Strengths, Manufacturer, and More

Clinical Effects

Nicardipine decreases blood pressure, reducing the risks that can occur with long-term hypertension (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). In clinical studies, the medication reduced systolic blood pressure by 16.3 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by 15.4 mmHg, on average, in people with mild-to-moderate high blood pressure.
In people with exercise-induced angina (chronic stable angina), taking nicardipine increased the amount of time they could exercise before chest pain occurred. It also decreased the frequency of chest pain.

When and How to Take This Drug

Some general considerations for when and how to take nicardipine include the following:
  • Nicardipine comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth, usually three times a day.
  • It is best to take this medicine on an empty stomach, such as before meals.
  • Nicardipine should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For this medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Nicardipine will not work if you stop taking it.

Who Makes Nicardipine?

Nicardipine is made by Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. Generic versions are made by various manufacturers.

Available Strengths

Nicardipine capsules are available in two strengths:
  • Nicardipine 20 mg
  • Nicardipine 30 mg.
An injectable form is also available for use in hospitals.

Generic Nicardipine

Currently, both brand-name and generic versions of nicardipine are licensed for sale (see Generic Cardene for more information).
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