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Cleviprex Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Cleviprex

Generic Name: clevidipine (Pronunciation: kle VID a peen)

What is clevidipine (Cleviprex)?

Clevidipine is in a group of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It works by relaxing the muscles of your heart and blood vessels.

Clevidipine is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in people who cannot take medicine by mouth.

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

What are the possible side effects of clevidipine (Cleviprex)?

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

Tell your caregiver at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • rapid heart rate;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • weakness, confusion, increased thirst, loss of appetite, vomiting, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
  • swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath;
  • vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, bloating, severe constipation;
  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, sweating, general ill feeling;
  • slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting, slow breathing (breathing may stop); or
  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild headache;
  • mild nausea; or
  • mild constipation.

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.

Read the Cleviprex (clevidipine butyrate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about clevidipine (Cleviprex)?

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to clevidipine, eggs, or soy products. You also should not receive clevidipine if you have high cholesterol or triglyceride levels in your blood, pancreatitis with high cholesterol or triglycerides, a kidney disorder called lipoid nephrosis, or severe narrowing of the aortic valve in your heart (aortic stenosis).

Before you receive clevidipine, tell your doctor if you have food allergies, pancreatitis, pheochromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor), heart disease, or a history of high cholesterol.

In an emergency situation it may not be possible before you are treated to tell your caregivers about your health conditions or if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Make sure any doctor caring for you afterward knows that you have received this medication.

Tell your doctor about all other heart or blood pressure medications you are using.

If you are also taking a beta-blocker (such as Betapace, Coreg, Corgard, Dutoprol, Inderal, InnoPran, Lopressor, Normodyne, Tenormin, Tenoretic, Toprol, Trandate, and others), do not suddenly stop using the beta blocker without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely. Stopping a beta blocker too quickly can cause serious heart problems that will not be prevented by clevidipine.

Side Effects Centers

Additional Cleviprex Information

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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