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Nicardipine Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 20, 2023.

Applies to nicardipine: oral capsule. Other dosage forms:

Serious side effects of Nicardipine

Along with its needed effects, nicardipine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking nicardipine:

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Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking nicardipine:

Symptoms of overdose

Other side effects of Nicardipine

Some side effects of nicardipine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

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For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to nicardipine: compounding powder, intravenous solution, oral capsule, oral capsule extended release.

General

The most common adverse reactions were consequences of vasodilation.[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Hypotension, tachycardia, flushing, angina increased, palpitations, vasodilatation

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Sustained tachycardia, abnormal ECG, postural hypotension, myocardial infarct

Frequency not reported: Angina pectoris, atrioventricular block, ST segment depression, inverted T wave, deep vein thrombophlebitis, sinus node dysfunction, atrial fibrillation, exertional hypotension, pericarditis, heart block, ventricular tachycardia, peripheral vascular disorder, ventricular extrasystoles[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 21%)

Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness, somnolence, paresthesia

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Syncope, tremor

Frequency not reported: Confusion, hypertonia, tinnitus, cerebral ischemia, vertigo, hyperkinesia[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Nausea/vomiting, nausea, dyspepsia, dry mouth

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Constipation, vomiting, diarrhea

Frequency not reported: Sore throat[Ref]

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Asthenia, other edema

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Malaise, pain, chest pain, face edema

Frequency not reported: Fever, ear disorder, atypical chest pain, hot flashes[Ref]

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Rash

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Sweating increased[Ref]

Metabolic

Common (1% to 10%): Pedal edema

Frequency not reported: Hypophosphatemia, peripheral edema[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Common (1% to 10%): Myalgia

Frequency not reported: Neck pain, arthralgia[Ref]

Psychiatric

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nervousness, insomnia, abnormal dreams

Frequency not reported: Depression, anxiety[Ref]

Genitourinary

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nocturia, urinary frequency increased

Frequency not reported: Urinary frequency, impotence[Ref]

Respiratory

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dyspnea

Frequency not reported: Respiratory disorder, decreased oxygen saturation, rhinitis, sinusitis[Ref]

Ocular

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Vision blurred

Frequency not reported: Conjunctivitis, vision abnormal[Ref]

Immunologic

Frequency not reported: Infection, allergic reaction[Ref]

Hematologic

Frequency not reported: Thrombocytopenia[Ref]

Hepatic

Frequency not reported: Abnormal liver chemistries[Ref]

References

1. Product Information. Cardene (nicardipine). Syntex Laboratories Inc. 2002.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.