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Cardene I.V.

SIDE EFFECTS

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice. The adverse reaction information from clinical trials does, however, provide a basis for identifying the adverse events that appear to be related to drug use and for approximating rates.

Two hundred forty-four patients participated in two multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of Cardene I.V. (nicardipine hydrochloride) Adverse experiences were generally not serious and most were expected consequences of vasodilation. Adverse experiences occasionally required dosage adjustment. Therapy was discontinued in approximately 12% of patients, mainly due to hypotension, headache, and tachycardia.

The table below shows percentage of patients with adverse events where the rate is > 3% more common on Cardene I.V. (nicardipine hydrochloride) than placebo.

Adverse Event Cardene I.V. (N=144) Placebo (N=100)
Body as a Whole
  Headache, n (%) 21 (15) 2 (2)
Cardiovascular
  Hypotension, n (%) 8 (6) 1 (1)
  Tachycardia, n (%) 5 (4) 0
Digestive
  Nausea/vomiting, n (%) 7 (5) 1 (1)

Other adverse events have been reported in clinical trials or in the literature in association with the use of intravenously administered nicardipine:

Body as a Whole: fever, neck pain

Cardiovascular: angina pectoris, atrioventricular block, ST segment depression, inverted T wave, deep-vein thrombophlebitis

Digestive: dyspepsia

Hemic and Lymphatic: thrombocytopenia

Metabolic and Nutritional: hypophosphatemia, peripheral edema

Nervous: confusion, hypertonia

Respiratory: respiratory disorder

Special Senses: conjunctivitis, ear disorder, tinnitus

Urogenital: urinary frequency

Sinus node dysfunction and myocardial infarction, which may be due to disease progression, have been seen in patients on chronic therapy with orally administered nicardipine.

Read the Cardene I.V. (nicardipine hydrochloride) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

DRUG INTERACTIONS

Beta-Blockers

In most patients, Cardene I.V. (nicardipine hydrochloride) Premixed Injection can safely be used concomitantly with beta blockers. However, titrate slowly when using Cardene I.V. (nicardipine hydrochloride) Premixed Injection in combination with a beta-blocker in heart failure patients [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Cimetidine

Cimetidine has been shown to increase nicardipine plasma concentrations with oral nicardipine administration. Frequently monitor response in patients receiving both drugs. Data with other histamine-2 antagonists are not available.

Cyclosporine

Concomitant administration of oral nicardipine and cyclosporine results in elevated plasma cyclosporine levels. Closely monitor plasma concentrations of cyclosporine during Cardene I.V. (nicardipine hydrochloride) Premixed Injection administration, and reduce the dose of cyclosporine accordingly.

In Vitro Interaction

The plasma protein binding of nicardipine was not altered when therapeutic concentrations of furosemide, propranolol, dipyridamole, warfarin, quinidine, or naproxen were added to human plasma in vitro .

Last reviewed on RxList: 4/4/2011
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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