Plendil is like any other calcium antagonist and seeks to provide relieve from angina or severe chest pain and a feeling of choking.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take Plendil with a meal to avoid an upset stomach or without one.
Please drink a full glass of water with Plendil and avoid chewing or crushing it.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store Plendil at room temperature. Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
An overdose of Plendil may have adverse effects that require immediate medical attention. Contact the nearest emergency control center immediately if you notice effects like low blood pressure and slow heartbeat..
Doctors advise against using Plendil if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have any other allergies.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Your condition might be monitored or the dosage might be modified to suit you if you have conditions like heart or liver diseases or even if you are suffering from edema.
Plendil may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using Plendil. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
Please inform your lab technician or surgeon that you are taking Plendil before you undergo any emergency surgical procedure including dental operations.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using Plendil to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using Plendil as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include dizziness, headache, lightheadedness and stomach upset along with flushing.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like swelling of the hands or ankles or even feet which is commonly known as edema, severe chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. Plendil however can also cause mild swelling of the gums, for which it is advisable to constantly be in touch with your dentist.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.