Plendil is a calcium channel blocker (calcium antagonist), that is used to control hypertension.
Like other channel blockers, Plendil also aids in the prevention of angina pain (severe chest pain, often accompanied by a feeling of choking, usually caused by lack of oxygen in the heart due to clogged arteries).
Take Plendil exactly as directed by your doctor. It can be taken with or without a meal. Do not crush or chew the tablets.
You should try and maintain a routine for taking medication so that you do not miss any doses. However, if you do miss a dose, then take it as soon as you remember and then adjust your remaining doses by spacing them out. Never take a double dose or try to catch up.
Protect it from direct exposure to light and store at room temperature.
Some of the typical symptoms of a Plendil overdose include severely low blood pressure and slow heartbeat. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Plendil may cause drowsiness or lightheadedness in you. These effects will get aggravated when taken with alcohol. So do not consume alcohol while taking the drug. Discuss your medical history in detail with your doctor.
Before taking Plendil, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart disease (e.g., congestive heart failure), liver disease, swelling of the arms and legs (edema). Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication. This drug may make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages. To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its side effects, especially dizziness. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Possible Side Effects
Dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, flushing, or stomach upset may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: swelling of the hands/ankles/feet (edema). Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: new or worsening chest pain, fast/irregular heartbeat. Although unlikely, Plendil may cause mild swelling of the gums. Massage your gums and brush and floss your teeth regularly to minimize this problem. See your dentist regularly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: fainting. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not share this medication with others. Lifestyle changes such as stress reduction programs, exercise, and dietary changes may increase the effectiveness of this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about lifestyle changes that might benefit you. Have your blood pressure checked regularly while taking this medication. It may be best to learn how to monitor your own blood pressure. Discuss with your doctor and inform him/her of your blood pressure readings.