Nimotop

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Generic Name: Nimotop Brand Name(s): Nimotop.

Uses

What is Nimotop® (nimodipine) used for?

Nimodipine is a calcium channel blocker, commonly used for preventing changes in brain function after bleeding around the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage).

How should I take Nimotop® (nimodipine)?

For orally taken form, you should:

  • Swallow the tablets with a little water as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule.
  • Read the label carefully before using Nimotop®.
  • Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.

How do I store Nimotop® (nimodipine)?

Nimotop® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Nimotop® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Nimotop® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Nimotop® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Nimotop® (nimodipine)?

Before using Nimotop®, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction to excipients using for dosage form containing Nimotop®.
  • Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
  • Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with Nimotop®.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Nimotop® during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Nimotop®.

 

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Nimotop® (nimodipine)?

As taking others medicines, taking Nimotop® can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.

Some of side effects are listed below:

  • Signs of allergic reaction (such as swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, difficulty breathing, rash, itching, nausea or vomiting)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Easier bruising and bleeding caused by a reduced number of blood platelets
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Flushing
  • Sweating
  • Feeling of warmth
  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Constipation (lack of bowel movement)
  • Slight rise in liver enzymes

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

 

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Nimotop® (nimodipine)?

Nimotop® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug including:

  • High blood pressure tablets (including nifedipine, diltiazem, verapamil, alpha-methyldopa, alpha-blockers or beta-blockers)
  • An anti-ulcer drug (cimetidine)
  • An anti-epilepsy drug (sodium valproate)
  • The anti-depressant drugs (fluoxetine or nefazodone)
  • The anti-HIV drug zidovudine (AZT)
  • The HIV protease inhibitor drugs (including indinavir, ritonavir, nelfinavir or saquinavir)
  • The antibiotic erythromycin
  • The anti-fungal drugs (ketoconazole, itraconazole or fluconazole)
  • The antibiotic drug combination quinupristin / dalfopristin

Does food or alcohol interact with Nimotop® (nimodipine)?

Nimotop® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug, such as grapefruit.

What health conditions may interact with Nimotop® (nimodipine)?

Nimotop® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions may interact with this drug, including:

  • Liver problems
  • Heart problems (for example, slow heartbeat)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fluid in your lungs
  • History of heart attack

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Nimotop® (nimodipine).

What is the dose of Nimotop® (nimodipine) for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of Nimotop®.

Recommended doses in some cases are 2 tablets, every four hours. This gives a maximum daily dose of 12 tablets (360 mg). Treatment duration may be for up to 21 days.

What is the dose of Nimotop® (nimodipine) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Nimotop® (nimodipine) available?

Nimotop® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet 30 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Nimotop®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: January 7, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019