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 Felodipine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Felodipine must be taken regularly for it to work well. Continue taking Felodipine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor.
Take Felodipine without food or with a light meal. Try to take it at the same time each day. Swallow the tablet whole, do not chew or crush it.
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 Felodipine.
Why is it important to keep my appointments with the doctor?
Your blood pressure may rise to unsafe levels without you noticing it. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. He may also need to do routine blood tests while you are being treated with Felodipine.
What lifestyle changes can I make to improve my blood pressure?
Regular exercise will help lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health. Speak to your doctor about what type of exercise would be suitable for you. If you have not exercised for a long time, start with light exercises such as slow walks. Regular exercise will also help you to maintain a healthy weight and this is important in helping you control your blood pressure.
If you smoke, you should try to quit. Smoking is harmful to your blood pressure, heart and overall health. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about ways to kick your smoking habit.
Try to keep stress levels under control as stress will cause your blood pressure to go up.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have liver, kidney or heart disease, especially if you have suffered a heart attack less than 1 month ago, or if you have any other heart conditions.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Felodipine.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Avoid grapefruit or grapefruit juice.
Why do I need this medicine?
Felodipine helps to keep your blood pressure under control. Felodipine relaxes your blood vessels and this helps to lower your blood pressure. It may be used on its own or together with other medicines.
Felodipine may also be used in other conditions, for example, to prevent chest pain.
What side effects could I experience?
Dizziness, headache, swelling of the ankles, feet or hand are common side effects with Felodipine. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert. Felodipine may also make you feel dizzy when you get up from a sitting or lying down position. To minimise this problem, stand up slowly.
Felodipine may also cause nausea, stomach discomfort, tiredness and gum swelling. Practise good oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. This will help to minimise the swelling of the gums.
Alert your doctor if these side effects are severe or do not go away.
Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- worsening chest pain
- swelling of the ankles, feet or hand that does not go away
- severe or 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:
- any other medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease
- antiviral medicines such as ritonavir
- a gastric medicine called cimetidine
- antifungal medicines such as itraconazole, ketoconazole
- antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarithromycin
- epilepsy medicines such as carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital
- a transplant medicine called tacrolimus
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.