There are some medications and conditions that may make felodipine tablets not suitable for you.
You should not take felodipine if you:
- are allergic to felodipine
- are pregnant
- have a disease of the heart muscle or valve
- have uncompensated heart failure
- have an acute heart attack
- have chest pain or angina that lasts longer than 15 minutes, or is more severe than usual
- are a child
- are breastfeeding
Felodipine is not suitable to be taken with grapefruit juice. You should avoid grapefruit whilst taking this medication, as it can increase the risk of side effects and cause your blood pressure to drop lower. Felodipine also contains lactose, so if you have an intolerance, speak to your doctor.
Some medications can interact with felodipine, so speak to your doctor if you take medication for:
- gastric ulcers, such as cimetidine
- fungal or other infections, such as erythromycin or ketoconazole
- HIV, such as ritonavir
- epilepsy, such as phenytoin
- anxiety, such as barbiturates
- organ transplants, such as tacrolimus
You should also speak to your doctor if you take any herbal remedies that contain St John’s wort. If you are not sure, speak to your doctor about any medication you take.
Felodipine and Viagra
Felodipine has been known to cause erectile dysfunction but this is rare. Viagra can lower blood pressure, as can felodipine. You should not take Viagra with felodipine without speaking to your doctor first. This is because taking both might cause your blood pressure to drop too low.
Felodipine and ibuprofen
Ibuprofen can be safe to take with felodipine, but your dose might need to be changed, or your blood pressure checked more often. If you stop taking ibuprofen, your blood pressure might change. Speak to your doctor before taking ibuprofen.
What painkillers can I take with felodipine?
Felodipine is safe to take with paracetamol. Speak to your doctor before taking other painkillers and felodipine.
Felodipine and alcohol
Alcohol is safe to drink whilst taking this medication. However, felodipine can lower your blood pressure, which can cause dizziness. If you drink alcohol, these side effects can become more common so it’s best to limit the amount of alcohol you drink, or to avoid alcohol, if you get dizzy often.
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