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Questions about Nicardipine

What is the nicardipine?

In the case of severe chest pain or high blood pressure, nicardipine may often be used alone or together with other medications. There may be added workload to the heart and arteries due to high blood pressure. the heart and arteries may stop working properly if the high blood pressure continues for a longer period of time. The damage may often lead to damage in the brain, heart and possibly the kidneys and may result in a stroke, heart or kidney failure. The risk of heart attacks may often be increased by high blood pressure. these risks may be lowered by controlling the blood pressure. nicardipine may be considered a calcium channel blocker that functions by affecting how the calcium moves into the cells of the heart and blood vessels. The nicardipine may often work by relaxing the blood vessels and therefore increasing the blood supply and oxygen to the heart while lowering the workload. Nicardipine may often cause many questions regarding the side effects and uses. For more information read below to find Expert answers regarding nicardipine.

Which high blood pressure medications work faster?

Intra-venous anti-hypertensives may work fastest and may be used in a hypertensive crisis. The more commonly used hypertensive medications may include nitroprusside, nicardipine, enalaprilat or possibly labetalol. The organs that are involved may determine which medication is used however lowering the blood pressure to quickly may cause organ hyper fusion and possibly damage. Therefore if the blood pressure is not raised intra-venous anti-hypertensives may not be needed.

Which high blood pressure medications are affected by grapefruit juice or pink grapefruit juice?

The following medications may be affected by grapefruit juice or pink grapefruit juice:
• Cholesterol medications which may be referred to as Statins : lavastatin, atorvastatin, Lipitor, Simvastin Zocor, Simvastatin/ ezetimibe, Vytorin
Antihistamines: Ebastine, Seldane
• Calcium Channel Blockers: nimodipine, Felodipine, Pranidipine, Nisoldipine, Nicardipine, Verapamil
• Psychiatric Medications: busipirone, triazolam, carbamazepine, diazepam, midazolam, sertraline
• Intestinal medications: Cisapride
• Immune Suppressants: cyclosporine, prograf
• Pain medications: Methadone
• Erectile dysfunction medications: sildenafil
• Ant-HIV medications: saquinavir
• Anti-arrhythmics: amiodarone

Could nicardipine IV cause a stroke?

A stroke may be a factor if high blood pressure is present. The risk of organ damage which may include stroke may increase if the high blood pressure is left untreated. Nicardipine IV may be given for short term treatment for acutely high blood pressure. The nicardipine IV may be used to help bring the blood pressure back down and may help to lower the risk of damage to the organs and possibly stroke. A mini stroke may occur due to the high blood pressure and the symptoms may diminish within 24 hours.

Is antihypertensive medication a contraindication to breast feeding and is it dependent on the type of antihypertensive that is used?

Within 12 weeks after delivery the blood pressure may return to normal however it may take longer to return to normal. Therefore antihypertensive medications may be used while breast feeding. Furosemide may be added as it may help the blood pressure return to normal faster. A few medications that may be used while breast feeding may include: propranolol, metoprolol, labetalol, diltiazem, nifedipine, nicardipine, captopril, and possibly enalapril. There may be a low concentration of these medications in breast mild that may cause no problems to the infant.

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