Skip to main navigation Skip to main content Skip to footer For Medicare For Providers For Brokers For Employers Español For Individuals & Families: For Individuals & Families Medical Dental Other Supplemental Explore coverage through work How to Buy Health Insurance Types of Dental Insurance Open Enrollment vs. Special Enrollment See all topics Shop for Medicare plans Member Guide Find a Doctor Log in to myCigna
Home Knowledge Center Wellness Library nicardipine (oral/injection)

nicardipine (oral/injection)

Pronunciation: nye KAR di peen

Brand: Cardene IV, Cardene SR

NiCARdipine Hydrochloride

slide 1 of 9, NiCARdipine Hydrochloride,

30 mg, capsule, blue/yellow, imprinted with MYLAN 1430

Image of NiCARdipine Hydrochloride
slide 1 of 9

NiCARdipine Hydrochloride

slide 2 of 9, NiCARdipine Hydrochloride,

20 mg, capsule, blue/white, imprinted with E501

Image of NiCARdipine Hydrochloride
slide 2 of 9

NiCARdipine Hydrochloride

slide 3 of 9, NiCARdipine Hydrochloride,

30 mg, capsule, blue, imprinted with E501

Image of NiCARdipine Hydrochloride
slide 3 of 9

Cardene

slide 4 of 9, Cardene,

20 mg, blue/white, imprinted with CARDENE 20 mg, ROCHE

Image of Cardene
slide 4 of 9

Cardene

slide 5 of 9, Cardene,

30 mg, blue, imprinted with CARDENE 30MG, ROCHE

Image of Cardene
slide 5 of 9

Cardene SR

slide 6 of 9, Cardene SR,

45 mg, blue, imprinted with CARDENESR 45MG, ROCHE

Image of Cardene SR
slide 6 of 9

NiCARdipine Hydrochloride

slide 7 of 9, NiCARdipine Hydrochloride,

20 mg, capsule, blue/white, imprinted with MYLAN 1020

Image of NiCARdipine Hydrochloride
slide 7 of 9

NiCARdipine Hydrochloride

slide 8 of 9, NiCARdipine Hydrochloride,

20 mg, turquoise/white, imprinted with 93 793

Image of NiCARdipine Hydrochloride
slide 8 of 9

NiCARdipine Hydrochloride

slide 9 of 9, NiCARdipine Hydrochloride,

30 mg, blue/white, imprinted with 93 794

Image of NiCARdipine Hydrochloride
slide 9 of 9
What is the most important information I should know about nicardipine?

What is the most important information I should know about nicardipine?

You should not use this medicine if you have severe narrowing of the aortic valve in your heart (aortic stenosis).

What is nicardipine?

What is nicardipine?

Nicardipine is a calcium channel blocker that relaxes (widens) your blood vessels, which makes it easier for the heart to pump and reduces its workload.

Nicardipine is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina (chest pain).

Nicardipine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking nicardipine?

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking nicardipine?

You should not use nicardipine if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • severe narrowing of the aortic valve in your heart (aortic stenosis).

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • other conditions of the heart or blood vessels such as sick sinus syndrome, congestive heart failure, low blood pressure, or coronary artery disease;
  • congestive heart failure;
  • liver disease; or
  • kidney disease.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine.

It is not known whether nicardipine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

You should not breast-feed while using nicardipine.

How should I take nicardipine?

How should I take nicardipine?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Nicardipine injection is given as an infusion into a vein. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.

Do not crush, chew, break, or open an extended-release capsule. Swallow it whole.

You may have more severe or more frequent episodes of angina when you first start taking nicardipine, or whenever your doses are changed.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often.

You may be given other heart or blood pressure medications during treatment with nicardipine. Keep using these medicines for as long as your doctor has prescribed.

Do not stop using any of your medications suddenly. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include severe dizziness, confusion, and slurred speech.

What should I avoid while taking nicardipine?

What should I avoid while taking nicardipine?

Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired. Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy.

Drinking alcohol with this medicine can cause side effects.

What are the possible side effects of nicardipine?

What are the possible side effects of nicardipine?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; or
  • severe or ongoing chest pain.

Common side effects may include:

  • headache, dizziness;
  • swelling in your feet;
  • weakness;
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling); or
  • nausea.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect nicardipine?

What other drugs will affect nicardipine?

Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.

Other drugs may affect nicardipine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Where can I get more information?

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about nicardipine.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated, disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Learn how we develop our content.

Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

<cipublic-spinner variant="large"><span>Loading…</span></cipublic-spinner>

Page Footer

I want to...

Get an ID card File a claim View my claims and EOBs Check coverage under my plan See prescription drug list Find an in-network doctor, dentist, or facility Find a form Find 1095-B tax form information View the Cigna Glossary Contact Cigna

Audiences

Individuals and Families Medicare Employers Brokers Providers

Secure Member Sites

myCigna member portal Health Care Provider portal Cigna for Employers Client Resource Portal Cigna for Brokers

Cigna Company Information

About Cigna Company Profile Careers Newsroom Investors Suppliers Third Party Administrators International Evernorth

 Cigna. All rights reserved.

Privacy Legal Product Disclosures Cigna Company Names Customer Rights Accessibility Non-Discrimination Notice [PDF] Language Assistance [PDF] Report Fraud Sitemap

Disclaimer

Individual and family medical and dental insurance plans are insured by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (CHLIC), Cigna HealthCare of Arizona, Inc., Cigna HealthCare of Illinois, Inc., and Cigna HealthCare of North Carolina, Inc. Group health insurance and health benefit plans are insured or administered by CHLIC, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (CGLIC), or their affiliates (see a listing of the legal entities  that insure or administer group HMO, dental HMO, and other products or services in your state). Accidental Injury, Critical Illness, and Hospital Care plans or insurance policies are distributed exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, are administered by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, and are insured by either (i) Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (Bloomfield, CT); (ii) Life Insurance Company of North America (“LINA”) (Philadelphia, PA); or (iii) New York Life Group Insurance Company of NY (“NYLGICNY”) (New York, NY), formerly known as Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. The Cigna name, logo, and other Cigna marks are owned by Cigna Intellectual Property, Inc. LINA and NYLGICNY are not affiliates of Cigna.

All insurance policies and group benefit plans contain exclusions and limitations. For availability, costs and complete details of coverage, contact a licensed agent or Cigna sales representative. This website is not intended for residents of New Mexico.

Selecting these links will take you away from Cigna.com to another website, which may be a non-Cigna website. Cigna may not control the content or links of non-Cigna websites. Details