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What should I know about nimodipine before taking it?

Before taking nimodipine, you should know that it is most effective if you start taking it within four days of a brain aneurysm. Doctors usually start this medication while you are in the hospital. You should not take nimodipine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medication. There is a risk that you might have an allergic reaction or experience other side effects while taking nimodipine. Before you take this medication, you should tell your doctor if you have any history of kidney, liver, or heart disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, or any other heart condition. You should also tell your doctor if you are planning on having any surgery, including dental surgery. Before you take nimodipine, you should discuss with your doctor all medications and supplements you take regularly or occasionally. There is a chance that nimodipine might interact with grapefruit and grapefruit juice, some vitamin supplements, and certain medications, including heart and blood pressure medicines, cimetidine, ranitidine, and phenytoin. You may also have to regulate your salt and potassium intake while taking this drug.

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