Plendil review

Plendil is a calcium channel blocker that is often generically prescribed as felodipine. Plendil affects the heart by reducing the effort required for it to successfully pump blood through the body by widening and relaxing the veins and arteries. Plendil is most often used in the treatment of hypertension.

Plendil is not appropriate for every patient, and it is vital that the prescribing physician understand a complete medical history before prescribing this medication. Patients with a medical history which includes liver disease or another type of heart disease including but not limited to coronary artery disease, low blood pressure, sick sinus syndrome, heart failure, or aortic stenosis may not be able to tolerate Plendil, or may require careful monitoring while undergoing medical treatment with this medication.

The American Food and Drug Administration evaluated the pregnancy risk related to this medication and determined it has a risk factor category C. It has yet to be determined whether or not Plendil will cause ill effects to an unborn fetus. Additionally, it has yet to be determined whether or not this medication will cause ill effects to a nursing infant. The prescribing physician should avoid this medication for women who are pregnant or nursing, or who have a high likelihood of becoming pregnant. Patients should inform their physician immediately if they even suspect they might be pregnant.

Patients should also inform the prescribing physician of all their current medications. Patients should never take additional medication, prescription or over the counter, without first consulting with the prescribing physician. This applies to vitamin supplements and herbal remedies as well. Medicines with a known history of negative interactions include grapefruit products and supplements, erythromycin, phenytoin, cimetidine, rifampin, rifabutin, carbamazepine, itraconazole, and additional heart medications.

Some patients may experience swelling of the gums when taking Plendin. Proper oral care is essential to keep this condition from becoming problematic. Additionally, patients are likely to experience side effects, most of which are annoying but in no way endangering to health. Side effects may include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, sleep problems or insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, flushing, changes in urination habits, muscle aches, or joint discomfort. These side effects should be reported to the physician but pose no real threat.

A smaller percentage of patients may experience serious side effects which require immediate emergency medical attention. The appearance of hives, itching, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, tongue, or throat are indicators of a severe allergic reaction. Other serious side effects might include chest pain, severe dizziness, fainting, seriously altered behavior, psychosis, very fast heart rhythm, very slow heart rhythm, jaundice, or swelling of the ankles, face, or legs.

Patients should always take their medications as directed. If the patient misses a dose, the dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for the next regular dose (within 4 hours for most prescriptions) patients should not take their missed dose, but resume dosing with the next regularly scheduled dose. Taking too much medication to make up for a missed dose or taking doses too close together may result in an overdose which can be fatal.

An overdose requires immediate emergency medical care. Symptoms include slurred speech, fainting, very fast or very slow heart rhythm, confusion, trouble breathing, chest pain, weakness, dizziness, coma, or death.

Plendil has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of plendil

• Molecular formula of plendil is C18H19Cl2NO4
• Chemical IUPAC Name is methylethyl4-(2,3-dichlorophenyl)-2,6-dimethyl-1,4-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarboxylate
• Molecular weight is 384.253 g/mol
Plendil available : 2.5mg tablets, 5mg tablets, 10mg tablets

Generic name: Felodipine

Brand name(s): Agon, Faropenem, Feloday, Felodipina, Felodipinum, Felodur Er, Felogard, Flodil, Hydac, Lexxel, Modip, Munobal, Penedil, Perfudal, Plandil, Preslow, Prevex, Renedil, Splendil

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