This medicine contains the active ingredient lercanidipine which belongs to a group of medicines called 'calcium-channel blockers'. They lower the amount of calcium in the walls of the arteries and in the heart. Lercanidipine is used for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) by relaxing blood vessels, and improving the blood circulation around the body.
Is Lercanidipine suitable for me?
Lercanidipine is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to lercanidipine, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding
- if you are suffering from serious problems with your heart, hearth rhythm or heart failure
- if you are taking drugs that are inhibitors of CYP3A4 isoenzyme
- if you have severe liver or kidney problems
- if you are not 18 years old (or older)
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have any other problems with your heart or heartbeat
- have liver or kidney problems
- have porphyria (blood disorder)
- suffer from chest pain (angina pectoris)
- are on dialysis
Lercanidipine interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Lercanidipine?
This medicine is available in form of a film-coated tablet.
You should take lercanidipine exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- The usual starting dose is one 10 mg tablet taken once a day (in the morning). This dose can be increased to 20 mg tablet taken once a day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Lercanidipine side effects?
Like all medicines lercanidipine can cause side effects, including:
- headache, dizziness
- fast heart beat
- sudden reddening of the face, neck or upper chest
- ankle swelling
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.