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All about: Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets

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Generic Name: Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets (NYE-sole-di-peen)
Brand Name: Sular

Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets is used for:

Treating high blood pressure. Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets may be used alone on in combination with other high blood pressure medications. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets is a calcium channel blocker. It works by dilating (widening) the arteries.

Do NOT use Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets or other dihydropyridines (eg, amlodipine)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have heart or liver problems or a history of low blood pressure

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Phenytoin because it may decrease Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets's effectiveness and a different blood pressure medicine may be needed

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets:

Use Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets by mouth with or without food. Do not take with a high-fat meal.
  • Swallow Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
  • Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you use Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets.
  • Taking Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
  • If you miss a dose of Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets may cause dizziness or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms.
  • Use Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets while you are pregnant. It is not known if Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets.

If you stop taking Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets suddenly, you may have WITHDRAWAL symptoms. These may include chest pain.

Possible side effects of Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Chest pain; dizziness; flushing; headache; heartburn; lightheadedness; nausea; sinus infection; sore throat; swelling of the arms and legs; weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); irregular heartbeat; shortness of breath; swelling of the feet or hands; tender, bleeding, or swollen gums.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; drowsiness; slowed or irregular heartbeat; slurred speech; weakness.

Proper storage of Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets:

Store Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Nisoldipine Extended-Release Tablets. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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