Nitrendipine helps to keep your blood pressure under control. This medicine relaxes your blood vessels and this helps to lower your blood pressure.
Take Nitrendipine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Take it after meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.
The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the dose and course of the treatment depending on your condition and response to the medication.
Nitrendipine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- unstable angina (chest pain which occurs when the heart does not receive enough blood and oxygen)
- heart attack (within 1 month)
- heart disease e.g. heart failure, aortic stenosis (narrowing of the heart valves)
as Nitrendipine may not be suitable for you.
Do not take Nitrendipine if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Nitrendipine may cause harm to your unborn child.
Do not take Nitrendipine if you are breastfeeding.
Do not take Nitrendipine with rifampicin (medicine to treat an infection known as tuberculosis).
Inform your doctor if you have liver disease.
For as long as you are taking this medicine, you may need to have regular monitoring of your blood pressure and heart rate to check your body’s response to the medicine.
What lifestyle changes can I make to improve my blood pressure?
Regular exercise and eating a healthy diet will help lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health. Engage in physical activity (e.g. walking) at least 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week. If you have not exercised for a long time, start with light exercises such as slow walks. Speak to your doctor about what type of exercise would be suitable for you. Follow a healthy diet plan by eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products and reduce your intake of foods high in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Cutting down on deep-fried foods and using less salt when cooking can kick-start your healthy diet.
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.
Nitrendipine may cause any of the following side effects: headache, stomach wind, palpitations, flushing, general feeling of being unwell, and swelling of the ankles, feet or hand.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Do not take Nitrendipine with rifampicin (medicine to treat tuberculosis).
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- certain antibiotics e.g. erythromycin
- medicines for HIV infection e.g. ritonavir
- medicines to treat fungal infection e.g. ketoconazole
- medicines for epilepsy (fits) e.g. carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, valproic acid
- medicines to treat depression e.g. nefazodone, fluoxetine
- stomach medicine e.g. cimetidine, ranitidine
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Nitrendipine.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.