Nicardia XL 30 Tablet
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Introduction

Nicardia XL 30 Tablet is a medicine used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and to prevent angina (heart-related chest pain). It belongs to a class of medicines known as calcium channel blockers. It lowers blood pressure and reduces the workload of the heart. This helps prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Nicardia XL 30 Tablet may be prescribed alone or along with other medicines. The dose and how often you need it will be decided by your doctor so that you get the right amount to treat your condition. Your doctor may adjust the dose depending on how you respond to this medicine and your blood pressure levels. You can take it at any time of the day, with or without food, but it is best to take it at the same time each day. Take this medicine as soon as you have taken it out of the packet. It is sensitive to light and may not work properly if it is left out of the pack for too long.

Keep taking it for as long as advised by your doctor. Even if you feel well, do not stop this medicine on your own because high blood pressure often has no symptoms. If you stop taking it, your condition may get worse.

Keeping active with regular exercise, reducing your weight, and eating a healthy diet will also help control your blood pressure. Follow your doctor’s advice while taking this medicine.

The most common side effects include fatigue, swelling in the feet or ankles, dizziness, unusual heartbeat (palpitations), flushing, constipation, and headache. Consult your doctor if any of these bother you, or do not go away.

Before taking it, let your doctor know if you have any heart, liver, or kidney problems. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor for advice before taking this medicine. You also need to tell your doctor what other medicines you are taking, especially those used to treat high blood pressure or heart conditions. Avoid excessive alcohol intake while taking this medicine as it can significantly decrease your blood pressure and make you feel dizzy or light-headed. You should have your blood pressure checked regularly to make sure that this medicine is working properly.

Uses of Nicardia Tablet ER

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Prevention of Angina (heart-related chest pain)

Benefits of Nicardia Tablet ER

In Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Nicardia XL 30 Tablet is a calcium channel blocker. It works by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily around your body. This lowers your blood pressure and reduces your risk of having a stroke, a heart attack, or kidney problems in the future. You do not usually feel any direct benefit from taking this medicine, but it works in the long term to keep you well. Take regularly, as prescribed for this medicine to be most effective, even if you feel better.

In Prevention of Angina (heart-related chest pain)

Nicardia XL 30 Tablet belongs to a class of medicines known as a calcium channel blockers. It works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily around your body. This means that more oxygen gets to your heart and reduces the risk of getting chest pain (angina). This medicine should not be used to treat chest pain which is already happening. It is used to prevent or reduce the frequency of angina attacks. This medicine needs to be taken regularly as prescribed for it to work effectively. So, it is important to keep taking it even if you feel well and have no symptoms.

 

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Side effects of Nicardia Tablet ER

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Nicardia

  • Ankle swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Fatigue
  • Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk)
  • Headache
  • Palpitations
  • Constipation

How to use Nicardia Tablet ER

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Nicardia XL 30 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Nicardia Tablet ER works

Nicardia XL 30 Tablet is a calcium channel blocker. In high blood pressure, it normalizes the blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels to reduce the pressure on them, thereby improving the blood flow in the body. The enhanced blood flow in the body further relaxes the heart muscles by reducing the workload on the heart. It also improves the oxygen flow in the body, thereby, preventing any heart-related chest pain.

Safety Advice

Alcohol

CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Nicardia XL 30 Tablet. Please consult your doctor.

Pregnancy

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Nicardia XL 30 Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.

Breastfeeding

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Nicardia XL 30 Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.

Driving

CAUTION
Nicardia XL 30 Tablet may cause dizziness or weakness due to low blood pressure. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Nicardia XL 30 Tablet may make you feel dizzy, faint, extremely tired or have visual disturbances. This may affect your ability to drive.

Kidney

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Nicardia XL 30 Tablet is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Nicardia XL 30 Tablet is recommended.
However, talk to your doctor if you have any underlying kidney disease.

Liver

CAUTION
Nicardia XL 30 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Nicardia XL 30 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Nicardia Tablet ER?

If you miss a dose of Nicardia XL 30 Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.