NZ Formulary

Felodipine

fel-oh-di-peen

What does it do?

Felodipine is used to treat high blood pressure and angina by relaxing blood vessels. It is also sometimes used for other conditions.

How should you take it?

Take felodipine regularly as directed with a glass of water. You can take it with or without food.
Slow-release tablet: Swallow whole - do not crush or chew.

What if you forget a dose?

If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with felodipine including:

  • anti-inflammatories, such as diclofenac (e.g. Voltaren®), ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen®), or aspirin (e.g. Disprin®, in doses used for pain relief). These can also be found in some cold and flu medicines (e.g. Nurofen Cold and Flu®).

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.

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What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Flushing

Headache

Swollen feet or legs

Stomach upset

Tell your doctor if troublesome

Symptoms of low blood pressure such as dizziness or fainting

Stand up slowly. If it continues, or is severe, tell your doctor

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Grapefruit, grapefruit juice or sour/Seville oranges may react with felodipine. Discuss with your pharmacist.
  • Do not stop taking felodipine without talking to your doctor first.