Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Cardene, Cardene SR
Generic Name: nicardipine (Pronunciation: nye KAR di peen)
What is nicardipine (Cardene, Cardene SR)?
Nicardipine is in a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Nicardipine relaxes (widens) your blood vessels, which makes it easier for the heart to pump and reduces its workload.
Nicardipine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Cardene 20 mg
blue/white, imprinted with CARDENE 20 mg, ROCHE
Cardene 30 mg
blue, imprinted with CARDENE 30MG, ROCHE
Cardene SR 30 mg
pink, imprinted with CARDENESR 30MG, ROCHE
Cardene SR 45 mg
blue, imprinted with CARDENESR 45MG, ROCHE
Cardene SR 60 mg
blue/white, imprinted with CARDENESR 60MG, ROCHE
Nicardipine 20 mg-MYL
turquoise/white, imprinted with MYLAN 1020
Nicardipine 20 mg-TEV
turquoise/white, imprinted with 93 793
Nicardipine 30 mg-MYL
green/yellow, imprinted with MYLAN 1430
Nicardipine 30 mg-TEV
blue/white, imprinted with 93 794
What are the possible side effects of nicardipine (Cardene, Cardene SR)?
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking nicardipine and contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment:
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take nicardipine and talk to your doctor if you experience
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about nicardipine (Cardene, Cardene SR)?
Do not stop taking nicardipine without first talking to your doctor, even if you begin to feel better. If you stop taking the medication, your condition could become worse.
Do not crush, chew, or break the extended-release (SR) capsules. Swallow them whole. They are specially formulated to release the medication slowly in the body.
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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