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Overdose

People who take too much felodipine may have overdose symptoms that could include:
 
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • A slow heart rate (bradycardia).
     
If you happen to overdose, seek immediate medical attention.
 
(Click Felodipine Overdose for more information.)
 

Storage Methods

The medication should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Felodipine tablets should be stored in an airtight container.
 
Keep felodipine and all medications out of the reach of children.
 

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you do not take your felodipine as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.
 

How Does It Work?

Felodipine is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It works by slowing down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the blood vessels, which improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure. It also makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
 
There are two basic types of calcium channel blockers: dihydropyridine and non-dihydropyridine. The most important difference between the two types is that non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers can slow down the heart rate, while dihydropyridine calcium channels do not. Felodipine is a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, which means that it does not have an effect on the heart rate.
 

Effects

Felodipine decreases blood pressure, reducing the risks that can occur with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). In clinical studies, the drug reduced systolic blood pressure by up to 18 mmHg, on average, and reduced diastolic blood pressure by 10.8 mmHg, on average.
 
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