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Drug Interactions between Cardene SR and ethotoin

This report displays the potential drug interactions for the following 2 drugs:

  • Cardene SR (nicardipine)
  • ethotoin

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Interactions between your drugs


niCARdipine ethotoin

Applies to: Cardene SR (nicardipine) and ethotoin

Using niCARdipine together with ethotoin may increase the effects of ethotoin. You should notify your doctor if you have symptoms such as drowsiness, visual disturbances, seizures, changes in behavior, nausea, or poor muscle coordination. You may need dose adjustments or special tests in order to safely use both medications together. It is important that you tell your healthcare provider about all other medications that you are using including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using your medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Drug and food interactions


niCARdipine food

Applies to: Cardene SR (nicardipine)

You should avoid or limit the consumption of grapefruit and grapefruit juice if you are receiving treatment with niCARdipine. Grapefruit juice can significantly increase the blood levels and effects of medications like niCARdipine. You may be more likely to experience side effects such as headache, low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, swelling, and fluid retention. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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ethotoin food

Applies to: ethotoin

Ethotoin levels may decrease when the suspension is given with enteral feedings. This could lead to a loss of seizure control. You could interrupt the feeding for 2 hours before and after the ethotoin dose. Alternatively, you may give the ethotoin suspension diluted in water and flush the tube with water after administration. These would make it easier for your body to absorb the medication. However, this still may not entirely avoid the interaction and may not always be feasible. You should have your ethotoin levels checked upon starting and stopping of enteral feedings. In addition, using ethotoin together with food may alter the effects of ethotoin. Contact your doctor if you experience worsening of seizure control or symptoms of toxicity, including twitching eye movements, slurred speech, loss of balance, tremor, muscle stiffness or weakness, nausea, vomiting, feeling light-headed, fainting, and slow or shallow breathing. If your doctor does prescribe these medications together, you may need a dose adjustment or special test to safely use both medications. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Ask your doctor before making any changes to your therapy.

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Therapeutic duplication warnings

No warnings were found for your selected drugs.

Therapeutic duplication warnings are only returned when drugs within the same group exceed the recommended therapeutic duplication maximum.

Drug Interaction Classification

These classifications are only a guideline. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific individual is difficult to determine. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting or stopping any medication.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No interaction information available.

Further information

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