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Common and Rare Reactions to Nicardipine

Common Side Effects of Nicardipine

Nicardipine 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 nicardipine side effects included:
  • Flushing -- in up to 9.7 percent of people
  • Headaches -- up to 8.2 percent
  • Swelling or water retention in the lower legs or feet -- up to 8 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 6.9 percent
  • Weakness -- up to 5.8 percent
  • Feelings of a rapidly or forcefully beating heart (palpitations) -- up to 4.1 percent
  • A fast heart rate (tachycardia) -- up to 3.4 percent.
Other common side effects (occurring in 1 to 3 percent of people) included:
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Indigestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Unusual sensations, such as burning or tingling (paresthesias)
  • Dry mouth (see Cardene and Dry Mouth).

Rare Side Effects of Nicardipine

There are other possible nicardipine side effects that can occur. These rare nicardipine side effects occur in 1 percent or less of people taking the medication. For these side effects, it is difficult to tell whether the side effect is actually caused by nicardipine or something else.
Some of these rare nicardipine side effects include, but are not limited to:
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