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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Cardene® (nicardipine hydrochloride) to treat two different conditions: high blood pressure (hypertension) and chest pain (angina). These capsules work by relaxing the blood vessels, which improves blood flow. In clinical studies, Cardene reduced systolic blood pressure by 16.3 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by 15.4 mmHg, on average, in people with mild-to-moderate high blood pressure.
Although Cardene is an effective high blood pressure medication, it is not right for everyone. For example, people with liver problems or aortic stenosis may have to consider a different treatment option. In addition, information on possible side effects should be reviewed with your healthcare provider to ensure your safety during treatment.
(For more information on this drug, click Cardene. This segment provides a detailed overview on this medicine, including dosing guidelines, specific side effects, and what to do in cases of overdose.)