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Renedil (Felodipine) belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. It may be used alone or with other medications to treat mild-to-moderate high blood pressure.
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Renedil (Felodipine) belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. It may be used alone or with other medications to treat mild-to-moderate high blood pressure. It controls blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels and reducing the workload of the heart.
Renedil (Felodipine) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Renedil (Felodipine) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Renedil (Felodipine) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Renedil (Felodipine) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Renedil (Felodipine), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Renedil (Felodipine) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Renedil (Felodipine) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Renedil (Felodipine) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The recommended adult dose of Renedil (Felodipine) ranges from 2.5 mg to 10 mg once daily. The tablets should be swallowed whole and may be taken with or without food.
Avoid taking Renedil (Felodipine) with a meal that is high in carbohydrates or fat (e.g., sausages, bacon, hash browns, or sugared cereals). Grapefruit juice increases the amount of Renedil (Felodipine) in your body and should also be avoided.
The extended-release tablets must not be divided, crushed, or chewed.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take Renedil (Felodipine) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is less than 12 hours until your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Renedil (Felodipine) at room temperature, protect it from moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Renedil (Felodipine) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Renedil (Felodipine). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Renedil (Felodipine).
Renedil is no longer being manufactured for sale in Canada. For brands that may still be available, search under Renedil (Felodipine). This article is being kept available for reference purposes only. If you are using Renedil (Felodipine), speak with your doctor or pharmacist for information about your treatment options.
There may be an interaction between Renedil (Felodipine) and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Renedil (Felodipine).
Congestive Heart Failure: The safety and efficacy of Renedil (Felodipine) for people with heart failure have not been established. If you have congestive heart failure or are at risk of developing congestive heart failure, discuss with your doctor how Renedil (Felodipine) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Dental hygiene: Because Renedil (Felodipine) can cause swollen and tender gums, it is important to practice good dental hygiene by flossing, brushing, and visiting your dentist regularly. Talk to your doctor or dentist to learn more about how to take care of your mouth, gums, and teeth while taking this medication.
Grapefruit juice: Grapefruit juice can increase blood levels of Renedil (Felodipine). Avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit before or while you are taking Renedil (Felodipine).
Lactose intolerance: People with hereditary galactose intolerance should not take Renedil (Felodipine).
Liver function: Liver disease or reduced liver function may cause Renedil (Felodipine) to build up in the body, causing side effects. If you have liver problems, discuss with your doctor how Renedil (Felodipine) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Renedil (Felodipine), and whether any special monitoring is needed. Your doctor may want to test your liver function regularly with blood tests while you are taking Renedil (Felodipine).
If you experience symptoms of liver problems such as fatigue, feeling unwell, loss of appetite, nausea, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, dark urine, pale stools, abdominal pain or swelling, and itchy skin, contact your doctor immediately.
Low Blood Pressure: Renedil (Felodipine) may cause a severe lowering of blood pressure when rising from a sitting or lying position, or a racing heart rate, especially during the first few weeks of treatment. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded or feel your pulse is racing, and this feeling does not go away after a few minutes, call your doctor. Because Renedil (Felodipine) can cause dizziness or lightheadedness, do not get up too quickly after you have been sitting or lying for prolonged periods. If you have heart disease (e.g., heart failure, Heart Attack) or are taking medications that lower blood pressure, discuss with your doctor how Renedil (Felodipine) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Renedil (Felodipine), and whether any special monitoring is needed. When Renedil (Felodipine) is first prescribed or the dosage is increased, blood pressure should be closely monitored.
Pregnancy: Renedil (Felodipine) may cause harm to a developing baby if it is taken by the mother while pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking Renedil (Felodipine), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: Renedil (Felodipine) should not be taken by women who are breast-feeding. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Renedil (Felodipine) have not been established for children.
Seniors: Seniors may be more sensitive to the side effects of Renedil (Felodipine).
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