"What are calcium channel blockers (CCBs) and how do they work?
Calcium channel blockers are drugs that block the entry of calcium into the muscle cells of the heart and arteries.
- The entry of calcium is critical for"...
(nisoldipine) Extended Release Tablets
SULAR ® (nisoldipine) is an extended release tablet dosage form of the dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker nisol- dipine. Nisoldipine is 3,5-pyridinedicarboxylic acid, 1,4-dihydro-2,6-dimethyl-4-(2-nitrophenyl)-, methyl 2-methyl- propyl ester, C20H24N2O6 , and has the structural formula:
Nisoldipine is a yellow crystalline substance, practically insoluble in water but soluble in ethanol. It has a molecular weight of 388.4. SULAR (nisoldipine) tablets consist of an external coat and an internal core. Both coat and core contain nisoldipine, the coat as a slow release formulation and the core as a fast release formulation. SULAR tablets contain either 10, 20, 30 or 40 mg of nisoldipine for once-a-day oral administration.
Inert ingredients in the formulation are: hydroxypropylcellulose, lactose, corn starch, crospovidone, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl sulfate, povidone and magnesium stearate. The inert ingredients in the film coating are: hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, ferric oxide, and titanium dioxide.
What are the possible side effects of nisoldipine (Sular)?
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.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- swelling in your legs or ankles;
- chest pain;
- fast or pounding heartbeats; or
- feeling like you might pass out.
Less serious side effects may include:
- warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin;
- stuffy nose, sore throat;...
What are the precautions when taking nisoldipine (Sular)?
Before taking nisoldipine, 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.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a certain structural heart problem (aortic stenosis).
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease.
This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until...
Last reviewed on RxList: 1/25/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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