Cardene, also known as nicardipine, is a medication used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Nicardipine can also be used to prevent chest pains and lower your risk for heart attack. Nicardipine is a calcium channel blocker that works by relaxing blood vessels so the heart does not have to pump as hard. Chest pain is controlled by increasing the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.
Make sure to always read the patient information and instructions before using this medication. Always follow your doctor’s directions.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist:
You should also know:
Common side effects of Cardene include but are not limited to:
Get medical help if you have any of the following side effects of nicardipine.
How long does it take for Cardene to take effect?
The initial onset of the medication occurs in about 45 minutes. Once you begin taking Cardene, you will likely reach a steady state after about 50 hours. The absorption of Cardene depends on several factors, but consult your doctor if your condition does not improve after a few days of using this drug.