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Lercanidipine

Molecule Description

Lercanidipine is ‘calcium channel blocker’ medicine that lowers high blood press...
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    Uses
    Contraindications
    Side effects
    Precautions and Warnings
    Mode of Action
    Interactions
    Dietary Restrictions
    Dosage
    FAQs
    References
uses

Uses of Lercanidipine

High blood pressure.
contraindications

Contraindications of Lercanidipine

When should one not use Lercanidipine

  • Do not take this medicine if:
  • You are allergic to this medicine or other calcium channel blocker medicines
  • You have heart failure
  • You have severe kidney disease
  • You have severe liver disease
  • You have unstable angina
  • You are pregnant
  • You are breastfeeding
  • You are taking Ciclosporin, antifungal medicine, Macrolide antibiotics, antiviral medicine
sideEffects

Side effects of Lercanidipine

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Angina
  • Chest pain
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Allergic reaction
precautionsAndWarnings

Precautions and Warnings of Lercanidipine

pregnancy

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Lercanidipine during pregnancy?
A:
This medicine should not be taken in pregnancy as it can harm an unborn baby. Consult with the doctor before taking medicine.
breastfeeding

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Lercanidipine while breastfeeding?
A:
No data available whether this medicine passes in breast milk or not. Therefore avoid this medicine during breastfeeding. Consult with the doctor before taking medicine.
driving

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have consumed Lercanidipine?
A:
It may impair the ability to drive. You may feel dizziness, drowsiness.
alcohol

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Lercanidipine?
A:
Patients should not consume alcohol while taking this medicine as it can cause dizziness, tiredness as it further decreases the blood pressure.
otherGeneralWarnings

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have heart disease called sick sinus syndrome or angina
  • You have liver disease
  • You are on dialysis for kidney disease
modeOfAction

Mode of Action of Lercanidipine

How Does It Work?

Lercanidipine blocks L-type calcium channels in the smooth muscle cells of blood vessels, relaxing them, and thus lowering blood pressure.
interactions

Interactions of Lercanidipine

Interactions with other medicines

  • Antacids like Cimetidine and Ranitidine
  • Itraconazole
  • ketoconazole
  • Erythromycin
  • Phenytoin
  • Ritonavir
  • Simvastatin
  • Carbamazepine
  • Rifampicin
  • Beta-blockers like Metoprolol
  • Diuretics
  • Digoxin

Interactions with food items

  • The medicine should be taken at least 15 minutes before breakfast, as a diet rich in fat increases medicine level in the blood
  • Grapefruit or its juice increases the effect of medicine
  • The patient should reduce salt intake, eat more potassium-rich foods, avoid caffeine
dietaryRestrictions

Dietary Restrictions of Lercanidipine

No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.
dosage

Dosage of Lercanidipine

Overdose

The effect of an overdose may be harmful as it may further lower your blood pressure that may lead to unconsciousness and you may require immediate medical attention.

Missed a Dose

If you missed any dose of medicine, take it as soon as you remember. If it's time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dos...
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Content Details

WRITTEN BY
doctor

Dr. Arpit Verma

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

REVIEWED BY
doctor

Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking Lercanidipine?

  • Inform the doctor about your detailed medical and surgical history
  • Inform your physician if you have any of the following conditions:
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disorder
  • Kidney disease
  • If you are pregnant, lactating or planning a pregnancy

Q: What are the lifestyle changes that should be adopted by a patient with high blood pressure?

  • Low salt intake diet
  • Daily Regular exercise and walking
  • Use of sunflower or safflower cooking oil
  • Decrease body weight according to height
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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