How is Felodipine prescribed?
Felodipine comes in 2.5mg, 5mg and 10mg tablets. It is taken orally once a day, as prescribed. Typically, 5mg (once daily) is prescribed initially. The dosage should be adjusted as needed by your doctor at 2 week intervals. The maximum recommended dosage is 10mg once daily. Felodipine is indicated for treatment of adults only and is not recommended for children.
Felodipine should ideally be taken on an empty stomach, but if you are experiencing an upset stomach, it is a good idea to take it with a light meal. Otherwise, always take Felodipine as prescribed by you doctor, which will take into account the specifics of your condition and your previous response to treatment.
Felodipine should be taken at the same time each day and must be used consistently to maximize its benefits.
Note: The drug should not be chewed or crushed. Rather, each Felodipine pill should be swallowed whole. It is an extended-release tablet, so crushing or chewing it will release the entire drug into the system at once. This consequently increases the risk of experiencing an adverse effect. Do not use the drug only when symptoms (such as chest pain or a headache) occur. Using the medication in this manner is ineffective.
Lifestyle changes with Felodipine
If you are prescribed this medication, you should avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice. You should also avoid other fruits related to grapefruit, including bitter oranges, pomelos, tangelos, and Seville oranges. Grapefruit can increase the amount of Felodipine in the bloodstream, which can in effect, increase your medication dose when you don’t intend to. Contact your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
How to stop taking Felodipine
As most individuals who have high blood pressure do not have any symptoms, Felodipine should be taken regularly regardless of how you might feel. Do not stop taking Felodipine unless instructed to do so by your doctor. Occasionally, stopping Felodipine may require a gradual reduction in the dose rather than abrupt discontinuation. Your doctor will decide if you need to be tapered off the medication.
What should I do if I forget a dose of Felodipine?
If you forget to take a scheduled dose of Felodipine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if you are 6 hours or less from your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Do not take an extra pill to make up for the dose you missed.
What should I do if I use an overdose of Felodipine?
If you believe you have overdosed on Felodipine, seek immediate medical attention. In addition to seeking medical attention, you can call the Poison Help Line at (800)-222-1222.
Signs of a Felodipine overdose may include dizziness, a slow heart rate, tingling sensations in your limbs, redness or flushing of the face, arms, neck and occasionally, upper chest.