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What are the side effects of Cardene IV (nicardipine)?

Cardene IV (nicardipine) can cause side effects, although they are generally not serious or long-lasting. Most of the side effects result from relaxing the blood vessels. Talk with your doctor if any of the following effects are ongoing or troublesome: headache, confusion, weakness, dizziness, flushing or feeling warm, conjunctivitis (inflammation of the mucous membrane of the eye), ringing in the ears, nausea, stomach upset, urinating more frequently, or swelling of the feet. Seek medical care right away if you experience symptoms of severe allergic reaction, including swelling of the face, lips, mouth, or tongue, hives, rash, itching, chest tightness, or trouble breathing. Also seek medical care right away if you experience any of the following symptoms: swelling, pain or redness at the spot where you received the injection, fainting, neck pain, fever, trouble catching the breath, chest pounding, irregular or rapid heartbeat, increase of chest pain, or swelling of hands or ankles.

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