If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure (known medically as hypertension), your healthcare provider may have recommended the medication felodipine (Plendil®). This medicine comes in tablet form and is usually taken once a day. It works by reducing the rate at which calcium moves into the heart and blood vessels, which causes blood vessels to relax, improves blood flow, and reduces the workload on the heart.
Most people tolerate felodipine well; however, side effects are possible with this drug. Commonly reported ones include swelling of the arms and legs, dizziness, headaches, and flushing. In addition, people with certain other medical conditions or who are taking certain other drugs either may need more careful monitoring or may need to consider an alternative hypertension treatment.
(Click Felodipine to learn more, including how this medication performed in clinical studies, what to do if you miss a dose or take too much, and what to do if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.)