- Used to treat High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- Works by widening blood vessels allowing blood to flow more freely
- Also helps to prevent more serious risks associated with hypertension such as Heart Attacks
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What is Lercanidipine?
Lercanidipine is an antihypertensive medicine, belonging to the dihydropyridine class of drugs known as calcium channel blockers (CCI).
It is also known by its trade name, Zanidip, among others. It is available as a prescription medicine and is used in the treatment of patients who suffer from high blood pressure. By lowering blood pressure, Lercanidipine is also able to help prevent more serious risks associated with this problem, including heart attacks.
What is Lercanidipine used for?
Lercanidipine is one of the most widely prescribed medications to treat high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is caused when blood exerts high pressure on blood vessels, ultimately narrowing them, which then exerts pressure on the heart, hindering it from effectively pumping blood around the body and making it work harder than it should be.
This medicine works by relaxing and opening the blood vessels, making it easier for the blood to circulate around the body. By opening the blood vessels, Lercanidipine helps to lower the blood pressure, meaning the heart is able to work more efficiently.
Taking Lercanidipine helps to prevent debilitating conditions such a heart attack, stroke and heart disease.
You must have a prescription to be able to order or purchase this product.
Lercanidipine High Blood Pressure Tablets
- Lercanidipine is one of the most widely prescribed blood pressure tablets throughout the UK, it is very effective in improving the symptoms of high blood pressure in individuals.
- Lercanidipine 10 mg and 20 mg high blood pressure tablets have been proven to reduce high blood pressure when used in conjunction with a healthy balanced diet.
- High blood pressure tablets should not be a long term remedy, and instead should supplement a healthy, balanced diet in reducing the stress and pressure on the heart.
Who can take Lercanidipine?
Lercanidipine should not be taken by children, it is only suitable for adults over the age of 18.
However, this drug is not suitable for all adults, and you are advised to inform your doctor before you start taking Lercanidipine if any of the below apply to you:
- You have liver or kidney disease
- You have heart disease or have recently had a heart attack
- You have had an allergic reaction to Lercanidipine or any other medicines
- You are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant
- You are breastfeeding
- You are currently taking any other medication (prescription or non-prescription) or herbal remedies
- You suffer from diabetes mellitus
- You have a weak immune system
- You suffer with sinus syndrome
You are not advised to drink alcohol when taking Lercanidipine.
Possible Side Effects
As is the case with all medicines, taking Lercanidipine comes with the risk of certain side effects.
Not everyone will experience an adverse effect to this drug; if you do suffer any reactions, these often improve as your body gets used to Lercanidipine.
Common adverse reactions to this medicine include:
- Swollen ankles
- A pounding heartbeat
If any of these effects bother you or persist for more than a few days, you are advised to seek medical help as quickly as possible.
This list is not exhaustive, for the full list of negative reactions, you should refer to the patient information leaflet which will accompany your medicine.
More serious adverse effects can be found under the Side Effects tab on this page. If you experience any of the more serious side effects, you should go to A&E or call 999 immediately.
You should always read the information leaflet fully before you take Lercanidipine. Always take your medicine exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
This high blood pressure treatment is available in two different strengths, 10 mg and 20 mg.
Lercanidipine Dosage for High Blood Pressure in Adults
- Patients are advised to take a Lercanidipine tablet of a 10 mg dose . The potency of the medicine can be increased to 20 mg depending on the health of the patient; this will be determined by your doctor.
Lercanidipine Dosage for Elderly Patients
- Patients are advised to take one Lercanidipine tablet with a potency of 10 mg each day. The potency of the medicine can be increased to 20 mg depending on the health of the patient; this should only be increased if a doctor decides to do so.
Special care must be taken by older people while taking the medicine as they are more vulnerable to the side effects than normal people are.
Swallow Lercanidipine whole with a glass of water.
You can take Lercanidipine at any time of day, although you should try to take it at around the same time every day.
Patients are advised to take the medicine fifteen minutes before eating a meal; fatty food can increase how much of this drug your body takes in, making you more susceptible to side effects.
You should also avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit products while taking this medicine as this could increase the concentration of Lercanidipine in your body and cause you to suffer adverse effects of the drug.
If you forget to take it
If you forget a dose of Lercanidipine, take it 15 minutes before your next meal. If you don't remember to take the medicine until the next day, you should just wait until it is time for your next dose.
Do not double dose this drug to make up for a missed dose; you should not take more than one dose in a 24 hour period as this could cause a low blood pressure.
If you do not see any improvement, you are advised to visit the doctor immediately.
Even if you feel better, you should not stop taking Lercanidipine, as you will still be getting the benefits this medicines provides.
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Lercanidipine Serious Side Effects
The common adverse effects of this medicine can be found on the main page.
Serious side effects to Lercanidipine are very rare, affecting less than one in every thousand people.
Nonetheless, you should seek immediate medical help if you experience any of the below:
- Vomiting and dizziness
- Swelling on hands, legs and feet
- Severe headaches such as a migraine
- Burning in the chest
- Irritation to the skin
If you experience chest pains, you should call 111 or 999 immediately as this could be the symptoms of a heart attack.
In very rare cases, you may experience a severe allergic reaction to this drug. You should call 999 or go to A&E immediately if you have any of these symptoms:
- Tightness in the chest or throat
- Difficulty in speaking or breathing
- A skin rash, which could be red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling
- Swelling of the mouth, lips, face, tongue or throat
Lercandipine Warnings and drug interactions
Lercanidipine is slower acting than older forms of dihydropyridines. While it has fewer adverse effects than most, it does have a relatively high risk of interacting with other drugs. It can interfere with the way certain medicines work.
Before you begin using this drug, you should inform your doctor if you are already taking any other blood pressure medicines, such as lisinopril or ramipril; combining these medications can have the effect of lowering your blood pressure too much.
If your blood pressure is lowered to much, it may result in your feeling dizzy or faint. If this feeling persists, you should seek medical attention as it may mean your dose needs to be changed.
If you are already taking any of these medicines, you should inform your doctor before you use Lercanidipine:
- Medicines used to aid breathing, such as aminophylline or theophylline
- Medicines used to treat HIV
- The antibiotic erythromycin
- Ciclosporin (a medicine used to prevent the immune system from overreacting)
- The antifungal treatment itraconazole
- Heart medicines such as digoxin
- Epilepsy medicines, including carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital (phenobarbitone) or primidone
While there is little information available about using supplements and herbal remedies while using this medicine, you should still speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using any herbal or alternative remedies alongside Lercanidipine.
It is always worth noting that high blood pressure can be avoided or lessened by making changes to your lifestyle. By making simple changes such as stopping smoking, cutting down your alcohol consumption and eating a balanced diet with less fatty foods and sugar can make a huge impact on both your blood pressure and your health overall.
You should also be taking regular exercise and attempting to keep your stress levels to an absolute minimum.
These simple changes can mean that you may never require any form of medication to help you, or that you will not need to be on this drug for as long.
The active ingredient in Lercanidipine is lercanidipine hydrochloride.
Inactive ingredients include: Magnesium stearate, povidone, sodium starch glycolate (Type A), lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose.
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