Nicardipine is the generic name and Cardene is the brand name. It is a calcium channel blocker and is used for angina pectoris, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure.
This drug can slow your heart rate and interfere with normal electrical conduction in heart muscle.
You should not use nicardipine if you have had a stroke or bleeding in the brain ot if you have advanced hardening of the arteries.
It is suggested moderate drinking while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have liver disease, heart disease, high or low blood pressure, low white blood cell counts, high cholesterol or triglycerides, history of heart failure, heart attack, stroke, history of breast cancer, seizures or epilepsy, diabetes, enlarged prostate, difficult urination, bowel problems or narrow angle glaucoma.
Dizziness or lightheadedness, fluid accumulation in the hands, legs or feet, weakness or fatigue, heart palpitations, angina and facial flushing.
Low blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms,, fainting, increase or decrease in heart rate, heart failure, nausea, skin rash, nervousness, tingling in the hands and feet, hallucinations, temporary memory loss, difficulty sleeping, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, upset stomach, itching, unusual sensitivity to the sun, painful or stiff joints, liver inflammation, increased urination, especially at night, infections, allergic reactions, sore throat and hyperactivity.
If pregnant do not use this drug.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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