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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking felodipine (Plendil)?
You should not use felodipine if you are allergic to it.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether felodipine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication..
It is not known whether felodipine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take felodipine (Plendil)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
You make felodipine without food or a light meal, but take it the same way each time.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. These conditions can lead to severely low blood pressure.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often and you may need other blood tests at your doctor's office. Visit your doctor regularly.
Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
Brush and floss your teeth regularly while taking this medication. Felodipine can cause mild swelling of your gums, which may be avoided with good dental hygiene.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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