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Preventing Chest Pain Caused by Angina

Plendil is an oral calcium blocker. It can treat high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a common condition. If left untreated, it may cause:

  1. Heart attack
  2. Stroke
  3. Kidney failure
  4. Loss of vision
  5. Heart failure

Plendil helps relaxes the blood vessels in your heart. It prevents the calcium from being released within the muscles making it easier for your heart to pump blood.

Aside from taking this medication, lifestyle changes will also help you control your blood pressure. This includes:

  1. Not smoking
  2. Eating foods low in salts and fats
  3. Maintaining a healthy weight
  4. Using alcohol in moderation
  5. Exercise

The generic name of Plendil is Felodipine. It is available only with the prescription of your doctor.

What condition does Plendil treats?

  • This medication can lower blood pressure.
  • Plendil can prevent chest pain caused by angina.

How does Plendil works?

Plendil prevents the muscle cells of your arteries from releasing calcium. Calcium helps your muscles to contract. But too much calcium in your arteries can make it narrow. When it happens, your heart needs to pump harder causing pressure to increase. This drug will dilate your arteries thereby reducing your blood pressure.

What is the dose for Plendil?

Plendil is available in 2.5 mg, 5 mg and 10 mg.  The recommended initial dose is 5 mg a day. Your doctor can decrease your dosage to 2.5 mg or increase to 10 mg a day. The recommended range of dosage is 2.5 mg-10 mg a day.

How to take Plendil?

  • Take the medication once a day by mouth.
  • It’s best to take the medication on an empty stomach or after a light snack or meal.
  • Do not crush or chew the tablet. Swallow it whole.
  • Continue taking the medication even if you’re feeling well.
  • Do not miss a dose. For missed dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not double up your dose.

What are the precautions in taking Plendil?

  • Before taking Plendil tell your doctor if you have:
  1. Allergies; or you are allergic to this drug
  2. Heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease
  3. Taking any medicines that may interact with this drug.
  • Do not stop or change your dosage without telling your doctor.
  • Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruits.
  • This medication is not recommended for pregnant women.
  • It can cause mild gum swelling. Brush your teeth often.
  • Always check your blood pressure.

Costs of Generic Felodipine vs Plendil

The generic brand Felodipine is cheaper than the brand name Plendil. Plendil 2.5 mg costs $0.23 per unit price or $7.00 for 30 tabs. While the branded Plendil 2.5 mg costs $1.58 per unit price or $47.31 for 30 tablets.