General Information on Plendil
Plendil is indicated in treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). Felodipine, the main active ingredient in the medication, is a calcium antagonist which belongs to a group of drugs known as calcium channel blockers.
Felodipine blocks the calcium channels that decrease the amount of calcium entering the smooth muscle cells in the arterial walls and heart muscles. This action causes relaxation and widening of the blood vessels, and the heart is able to pump blood more freely, which helps lower blood pressure.
Plendil is available in the form of an extended release tablet. It is supplied in three strengths- Plendil 2.5mg, Plendil 5mg and Plendil 10mg. The drug is a prescription medication, which means you should consult your doctor before you buy Plendil online.
Side effects of Plendil
Plendil may cause mild to severe side effects in some people. The common side effects caused by the drug can be categorized into common side effects and rare side effects. The rare side effects are experienced by very few people using Plendil. The common side effects wane over time as your body gets used to the medication.
Common side effects associated with Plendil are: headaches, swelling of the feet, hands or lower legs, flushing of the skin, dizziness, upset stomach, upper respiratory tract infections, weakness, indigestion or dizziness. Rare side effects associated with Plendil are: constipation, runny nose, nausea, sneezing, warm sensation, or coughing. If any side effects persist or become bothersome, consult your doctor.
Plendil may also cause severe side effects or allergic reactions in some people. Severe side effects associated with the medication are: chest pain, rapid weight gain, signs of low blood pressure (such as fainting, dizziness or lightheadedness), water retention, severe swelling, irregular heart rhythm, depression or high blood sugar.
Allergic reactions caused by Plendil include: difficulty breathing/swallowing, hives, unexplained swelling or itching, wheezing or rash. Seek medical attention immediately if you notice or experience severe side effects or allergic reactions after using the medication.
Plendil is listed as a category C pregnancy medicine. It is not known whether the drug passes into breast milk and how it may affect the nursing baby. Therefore, nursing mothers and pregnant women should exercise caution regarding the use of this drug. They should buy Plendil only after learning about the risks and benefits of using the drug from their doctor.
Dosage of Plendil
The Plendil dosage depends on several factors such as your age, other medical conditions you are suffering from, and other drugs you are using. Swallow the tablet whole, and do not chew or crush it. Take the medication at the same time each day. This helps maintain even levels of medication in the blood.
The recommended initial dose for adults is one Plendil 5mg tablet daily. You doctor may increase the dose to one Plendil 10mg tablet if the recommended dose is not enough to lower high blood pressure or decrease the dose to one Plendil 2.5mg tablet if there are side effects.
Plendil may interact with other medicines you are using and cause side effects. It may interact with specific seizure medications, protease inhibitors, Tacrolimus, Delavirdine, Imatinib, Nefazodone, Cimetidine, or specific antibiotics/antifungals.
Before you buy Plendil, tell the doctor about every medicine you take. Before starting the treatment, give him/her a list of drugs that includes all the prescription medicines, over the counter drugs and herbal supplements you are using.