In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02280272 ||SANDOZ FELODIPINE 10MG TABLET|
|02280264 ||SANDOZ FELODIPINE 5MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Felodipine belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. It is used to treat high blood pressure. It controls blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels and reducing the workload of the heart.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of felodipine ranges from 2.5 mg to 10 mg once daily, swallowed whole (not crushed or chewed) and taken with or without food. The tablets should not be taken with a meal that is high in carbohydrates or fat (e.g., sausages, bacon, hash browns, or sugared cereals). Grapefruit juice increases the amount of felodipine in your body and should be avoided.
The extended release tablets must not be divided, crushed, or chewed.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each pale red to gray-red, round, biconvex, film-coated, extended release tablet, embossed "F5" on one side contains felodipine 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: ferric oxide (yellow), ferric oxide (red), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphate, and titanium dioxide.
Each pale red to gray-red, round, biconvex, film-coated, extended release tablet, embossed "F10" on one side contains felodipine 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: ferric oxide (yellow), ferric oxide (red), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphate, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Felodipine should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to felodipine or any of the ingredients of the medication
- is allergic to medications from the same class (e.g., amlodipine, nifedipine)
- is breast-feeding
- is or could become pregnant
- has very low blood pressure