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Pronunciation: nye-MOE-di-peen
Generic Name: Nimodipine
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

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), 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 Nimodipine. 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 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. 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: Nimodipine 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 Nimodipine. Using Nimodipine 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 Nimodipine with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects. Use Nimodipine 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 Nimodipine during pregnancy. 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:

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.

See also: Nimodipine side effects (in more detail)

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 Nimodipine:

Store Nimodipine 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 Nimodipine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information: 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 is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Nimodipine. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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