Generic Name: nimodipine (nye-MOE-di-peen)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.
Nimodipine should only be taken by mouth. Life-threatening and sometimes fatal side effects may occur if nimodipine is administered by injection.
Nimodipine 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.
Nimodipine is a calcium channel blocking agent. Exactly how nimodipine works is unknown.
Do NOT use nimodipine if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in nimodipine
- you are taking clarithromycin, delavirdine, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nefazodone, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, telithromycin, or voriconazole
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using nimodipine:
Some medical conditions may interact with nimodipine. 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), low blood pressure, or fluid in your lungs, or if you have a history of heart attack
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with nimodipine. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Many prescription and nonprescription medicines (eg, used for acid reflux, anxiety, birth control, cancer, depression or other mental or mood problems, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, high blood pressure, HIV, immune system suppression, infections, inflammation, irregular heartbeat or other heart problems, low blood sodium levels, nausea and vomiting, pulmonary hypertension, seizures, sleepiness), multivitamin products, or herbal or dietary supplements (eg, echinacea, St. John's wort) because they may interact with nimodipine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure if any of your medicines might interact with nimodipine
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if nimodipine 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 nimodipine:
Use nimodipine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take nimodipine on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating.
- Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while taking nimodipine.
- Taking nimodipine at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
- Continue to use nimodipine even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of nimodipine, 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 nimodipine.
Important safety information:
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take nimodipine before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Nimodipine may cause dizziness or light-headedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use nimodipine with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Nimodipine may cause dizziness, light-headedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
- Your blood pressure and heart rate will need to be monitored while you use nimodipine. Be sure to keep all doctor and laboratory appointments.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using nimodipine while you are pregnant. It is unknown if nimodipine is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while you are using nimodipine.
Possible side effects of nimodipine:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Diarrhea; flushing; headache; nausea.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fainting; severe or persistent dizziness; shortness of breath; slow, or irregular heartbeat; sudden, unexplained weight gain; swelling of the feet or hands.
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.Proper storage of nimodipine:
Store nimodipine at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store in the original foil pack away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep nimodipine out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about nimodipine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Nimodipine 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 nimodipine 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 nimodipine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to nimodipine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using nimodipine.
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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