Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Nimodipine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Nimodipine must be taken regularly for it to work well. Continue taking Nimodipine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor.
If you have been given Nimodipine tablets, take it consistently either always with or always without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
If you have been given Nimodipine capsules, take it on an empty stomach 1 hr before or 2 hr after meals. Try to take it at the same time each day.
If you cannot swallow the capsule or if you are on a feeding tube, you may extract the contents of the capsule and administer it through a feeding tube. Ask your nurse to show you how to do this. Using an 18-gauge needle, make a hole in both ends of the capsule. Extract the contents of the capsule with a syringe and transfer it into the feeding tube. Follow with 30 mL of normal saline to ensure that all the medicine is washed into the stomach. Make sure the syringe is labelled properly as "For oral use only. NOT for injection". The contents of the capsule must never be injected.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Nimodipine.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have kidney, liver or heart disease, especially if you had a heart attack less than 1 month ago.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while being treated with Nimodipine.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Avoid grapefruit juice.
Why do I need this medicine?
Nimodipine helps to improve blood circulation in the brain in people who have a burst blood vessel in the brain. Nimodipine relaxes the blood vessels and this helps the blood to flow more smoothly. Improved brain circulation will help the brain tissue to heal better.
What side effects could I experience?
Nimodipine may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert. Nimodipine may make you feel dizzy when you get up from a sitting or lying down position. To minimise this problem, stand up slowly.
Nimodipine may also cause red flushing of the face, headache, nausea and stomach discomfort.
Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:
- unusually fast or irregular heartbeat
- chest pain
- swelling of the ankles, feet or hand that does not go away
- worsening dizziness
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease
- antiviral medicines such as ritonavir
- antifungal medicines such as itraconazole, ketoconazole
- antibiotics such as erythromycin
- epilepsy medicines such as carbamazepine, phenytoin, valproate
- a TB medicine called rifampicin
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.