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What should I know about isradipine before taking it?

Isradipine can cause intense dizziness, lightheadedness and low blood pressure (hypotension) when taken. This medication can decrease your alertness and slow down your reaction times, so you should be very careful about operating machines or vehicles after taking it. Although it is taken to treat hypertension, which often has no symptoms, isradipine might not change the way you feel. However, it is important to continue to take your medication for as long as your doctor prescribes, even if you have no symptoms (or the symptoms you do have disappear). Follow all of your doctor's instructions when taking isradipine, including drinking a full glass of water with each dose. This medication may accompany treatment in the form of dieting or exercise, and your doctor will probably monitor your progress. Notify your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant or are breast-feeding before taking this medication. Before taking isradipine, tell your doctor if you have congestive heart failure, kidney or liver disease or blockages in your digestive tract. You should tell your doctor about any medications you are taking, especially cimetidine, fentanyl and rifampin before taking isradipine.

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