1.What is Lercanidipine for
Lercanidipine has been prescribed by your doctor to treat your high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.
2. About Lercanidipine
This belongs to the group of medicines known as calcium channel blockers.
Lercanidipine works by relaxing and opening up the blood vessels. This allows blood to circulate more freely around the body, lowering blood pressure and allowing the heart to work more efficiently.
It is also sometimes known as: Zanidip. You may notice the use of any of these names on the packaging of your medicine.
3. Who can take Lercanidipine tablets?
Adults over 18 years old can take the tablets. They are not recommended for children under 18 years old.
4. When NOT to take Lercanidipine
Do not take Lercanidipine tablets if:
- You are sensitive or allergic to lercanidipine
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients inLercanidipine tablets
- You have had allergic reactions to drugs closely related to Lercanidipine tablets ( such as amlodipine, nicardipine, felodipine, isradipine, nifedipine or lacidipine)
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding, or you wish to become pregnant or do not use any contraceptive method
- If you are taking Lercanidipine and think that you may be pregnant, consult your doctor
- You are suffering from certain heart diseases:
- Uncontrolled cardiac failure
- Obstruction to flow of blood from the heart
- Unstable angina (angina at rest or progressively increasing)
- Within one month of heart attack
- You have severe liver or kidney problems
What other cautions should be observed when taking Lercanidipine?
Also tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any condition in the list below:
- Certain other heart conditions, or if you have a pacemaker
- Problems with your liver or kidney, or you are on dialysis
- You have an intolerance to lactose, galactosaemia or glucose/galactose malabsorption syndrome, as the Lercanidipine 10 mg tablet contains 30 mg of lactose.
5. What if I am taking other drugs?