NIMODIPINE (nye MOE di peen) is a calcium-channel blocker. This medicine is used to treat subarachnoid hemorrhage. This is a condition in which there is bleeding into the space around the brain that causes severe headaches and a stiff neck.
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use the provided measuring cup or oral syringe to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after food. Do not take with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
dizziness or drowsiness
irregular or fast heartbeats (palpitations)
lightheadedness or fainting
swelling of the legs or ankles
unusual bleeding or bruising, red spots on skin
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This medicine may interact with the following medications:
birth control pills
certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, and, telithromycin
certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, ketoconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole, and voriconazole
certain medicines for hepatitis C infection like boceprevir and telaprevir
certain medicines for HIV like amprenavir, atazanavir, delavirdine, indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, and saquinavir
certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, and valproic acid
medicines for high blood pressure
St. John's Wort
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose, Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not refrigerate. Protect from light.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to nimodipine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.
Alcohol can increase the chance of getting low blood pressure. Avoid alcoholic drinks while you are taking this medicine.