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DO NOT ADMINISTER NIMOTOP (nimodipine) INTRAVENOUSLY OR BY OTHER PARENTERAL ROUTES. DEATHS AND SERIOUS, LIFE THREATENING ADVERSE EVENTS HAVE OCCURRED WHEN THE CONTENTS OF NIMOTOP (nimodipine) CAPSULES HAVE BEEN INJECTED PARENTERALLY (See WARNINGS and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).
Nimotop® (nimodipine) belongs to the class of pharmacological agents known as calcium channel blockers. Nimodipine is isopropyl 2 - methoxyethyl 1, 4 - dihydro - 2, 6 - dimethyl - 4 - (m-nitrophenyl) - 3, 5 - pyridinedicarboxylate. It has a molecular weight of 418.5 and a molecular formula of C21H26N2O7. The structural formula is:
Nimodipine is a yellow crystalline substance, practically insoluble in water.
NIMOTOP® (nimodipine) capsules are formulated as soft gelatin capsules for oral administration. Each liquid filled capsule contains 30 mg of nimodipine in a vehicle of glycerin, peppermint oil, purified water and polyethylene glycol 400. The soft gelatin capsule shell contains gelatin, glycerin, purified water and titanium dioxide.
What are the possible side effects of nimodipine (Nimotop)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using nimodipine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- unusually fast or slow heartbeats;
- fainting or severe dizziness;
- easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;
- swelling in your legs or ankles.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely. Continue taking nimodipine and talk to your doctor if you have any of these less...
What are the precautions when taking nimodipine (Nimotop)?
Before taking nimodipine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers (such as amlodipine, nifedipine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: chest pain/recent heart attack, low blood pressure, recent head injury, liver disease.
This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
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Last reviewed on RxList: 9/9/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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