Nimotop

Generic Name: nimodipine (nye-MOE-di-peen)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Nimotop should only be taken by mouth. Life-threatening and sometimes fatal side effects may occur if Nimotop is administered by injection.


Nimotop is used for:

Reducing problems due to lack of oxygen caused by bleeding from a blood vessel in the brain. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Nimotop is a calcium channel blocking agent. Exactly how Nimotop works is unknown.

Do NOT use Nimotop if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Nimotop

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Nimotop:

Some medical conditions may interact with Nimotop. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver problems, heart problems (eg, slow heartbeat), shock due to serious heart problems, low blood pressure, fluid in your lungs, or if you have a history of heart attack

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Nimotop. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Calcium channel blockers (eg, amlodipine) or other blood pressure medicines because actions and side effects may be increased by Nimotop

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Nimotop may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Nimotop:

Use Nimotop as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Nimotop on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating.
  • Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while taking Nimotop.
  • If you miss a dose of Nimotop, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Nimotop.

Important safety information:

  • Nimotop may cause dizziness or lightheadedness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Nimotop. Using Nimotop alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • LAB TESTS, including blood pressure, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and laboratory appointments.
  • Use Nimotop with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Use Nimotop with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Nimotop during pregnancy. It is unknown if Nimotop is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while you are using Nimotop.

Possible side effects of Nimotop:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; flushing; headache; nausea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black or bloody stools; depression; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; severe dizziness; shortness of breath; severe or persistent constipation; swelling of the feet or hands; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; yellowing of the eyes or skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include fainting; loss of consciousness; rapid, slow, or irregular heartbeat; severe dizziness.

Proper storage of Nimotop:

Store Nimotop at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store in the original foil pack away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Nimotop out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Nimotop, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Nimotop is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Nimotop or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Nimotop. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Nimotop. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Nimotop.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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