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What should I know about nicardipine before taking it?

Before beginning nicardipine treatment, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver disease, kidney disease, stroke, or a heart or blood vessel disease such as sick sinus syndrome, heart failure, coronary artery disease, aortic stenosis, congestive heart failure, or low blood pressure. If you have one of these conditions, your dosage of nicardipine may need to be adjusted. Nicardipine is a pregnancy category C medication, which means it has not been tested exclusively in pregnant women and the effects on an unborn baby remain unclear. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding while taking nicardipine. The effects of this medication have not been studied in children. Adults older than 65 may experience increased side effects from nicardipine. Tell your doctor about your allergies, including to medications, animals, dyes, foods, and preservatives.

The following medications are not recommended with nicardipine: Atazanavir, Amiodarone, Dantrolene, Everolimus, Droperidol, Vecuronium, Fentanyl. If combined, the dosage of the medications may be adjusted.

The following medications may increase side effects when combined with nicardipine: Alprenolol, Acebutolol, Betaxolol, Atenolol, Bisoprolol, Bevantolol, Carteolol, Bucindolol, Celiprolol, Carvedilol, Dalfopristin, Cyclosporine, Esmolol, Dilevalol, Indinavir, Fluconazole, Ketoconazole, Itraconazole, Levobunolol, Labetalol, Mepindolol, Magnesium, Metoprolol, Metipranolol, Nebivolol, Nadolol, Penbutolol, Oxprenolol, Propranolol, Pindolol, Rifapentine, Quinupristin, Sotalol, Saquinavir, Talinolol, St. John's Wort, Timolol, Tertatolol.

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