Plendil, which is the brand name for Felodipine, belongs to a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers.
Plendil works by relaxing the arteries, thereby enabling smoother blood flow throughout the body. The medication has an onset time for action of two to five hours, with the biological half-life of about twenty-five hours.
The primary use of the Plendil is to treat hypertension or high blood pressure. Patients who are at higher risk of cardiovascular events due to increased blood pressure are prescribed with Felodipine as the drug can help reduce the strain in the heart while pumping blood. Plendil may also be prescribed for other ailments as advised by the physician.
Dosage and Administration
Plendil, which is an orally administered pill, is available in dosage strengths of 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg. The dosage however depends upon the medical illness, age and response to the medication.
You should not increase or decrease the dose of Plendil without consulting a doctor. Also, do not use the pill for longer than what is advised for you.
Plendil should be taken exactly as recommended by the physician and according to the instructions for use on the product label.
One should never break, crush or chew the compressed Plendil pills, especially the extended release capsules as the drug’s effects will not last as long as expected.
A number of drugs can interact adversely with Plendil, which can be avoided by disclosing any medications being taken to the physician.
Drugs that should be mentioned to the doctor are anticonvulsants, other blood pressure medicines, HIV/AIDS drugs, beta-blockers, antidepressants, antifungal variants, antibiotics, vitamins, herbal supplements, and OTC pills.
Avoiding grapefruit and its by-products is recommended as it can interact harmfully with the Plendil, which can be clarified from the prescribing physician.
The patient advised to take Plendil should disclose to the doctor if he or she has any liver problems, congestive heart failure and other heart disease. Pregnant or nursing women should inform their doctor of their condition before using this blood pressure medicine.
Hypertension is not evident easily and can be assessed for certain only with regular health checks. Oral hygiene is important to avoid mild swelling in the gums that may be caused by Plendil.
Incorrect use of Plendil can cause symptoms of low blood pressure. Alcohol should never be consumed simultaneously as it can further bring down the blood pressure level.
Mild to moderate signs of adverse effects of usage of Plendil include flu like symptoms, mild rash, increased urinating, joint pain, muscle cramps, trouble sleeping, stomach ailments, restlessness, headache, drowsiness, and dizziness.
More severe symptoms of Plendil that require immediate medical attention are shortness of breath, numbness, chest pain, nausea, general feeling of being unwell, feeling like passing out, rapid heartbeat, and swelling in the hands or feet.