The recommended starting Cardene dosage for people with high blood pressure or angina is 20 mg three times daily. Your healthcare provider may increase the dose if necessary, up to 40 mg three times a day. A few of the factors that can affect the dose of Cardene your healthcare provider prescribes include the medical condition being treated, other medications you may be taking, and other medical conditions you may have.
Cardene Dosage: An IntroductionThe dose of Cardene® (nicardipine hydrochloride) your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your Cardene dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended starting Cardene dose for treating chest pain (angina) or high blood pressure (hypertension) is Cardene 20 mg three times daily. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase your dose (up to Cardene 40 mg three times daily). The dosage can also be decreased if you experience bothersome Cardene side effects.
When taking Cardene for blood pressure, it is important to know that Cardene has a much greater effect on blood pressure when it is at its peak (one to two hours after a dose) than at its lowest point (just before your next dose). It is recommended that you measure your blood pressure one to two hours after your first dose, as well as just before your next dose (about eight hours later), when first starting Cardene.
People who have liver problems (such as liver failure or cirrhosis) should start with a lower dose, Cardene 20 mg twice daily. Even if the dose is increased, Cardene should not be taken more than twice daily by people who have liver problems.