December 21, 2014
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Plendil

(felodipine)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

00851787 PLENDIL 10MG ER TABLET
02057778 PLENDIL 2.5MG ER TABLET
00851779 PLENDIL 5MG ER TABLET

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How does Plendil work? What will it do for me?

Felodipine belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. It may be used alone or with other medications to treat mild to moderate high blood pressure. It controls blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels and reducing the workload of the heart.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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How should I use Plendil?

The recommended adult dose of felodipine ranges from 2.5 mg to 10 mg once daily, swallowed whole and may be taken with or without food. The tablets should not be taken with a meal that is high in carbohydrates or fat (e.g., sausages, bacon, hash browns, or sugared cereals). Grapefruit juice increases the amount of felodipine in your body and should be avoided.

The extended release tablets must not be divided, crushed, or chewed.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Plendil come in?

2.5 mg
Each yellow, circular, biconvex, film-coated, extended release tablet, engraved "A" over "FL" on one side and "2.5" on the other, contains felodipine 2.5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: aluminum silicate, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose anhydrous, microcrystalline cellulose, polyoxy 40 hydrogenated castor oil, propyl gallate, and sodium stearyl fumarate; coating layer: carnauba wax, colour iron oxide yellow, colour titanium dioxide, hydrogen peroxide, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, and polyethylene glycol.

5 mg
Each pink, circular, biconvex, film-coated, extended release tablet, engraved "A" over "FM" on one side and "5" on the other, contains felodipine 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: aluminum silicate, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose anhydrous, microcrystalline cellulose, polyoxy 40 hydrogenated castor oil, propyl gallate, and sodium stearyl fumarate; coating layer: carnauba wax, colour iron oxide red-brown, colour iron oxide yellow, colour titanium dioxide, hydrogen peroxide, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, and polyethylene glycol.

10 mg
Each red-brown, circular, biconvex, film-coated, extended release tablet, engraved "A" over "FE" on one side and "10" on the other, contains felodipine 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: aluminum silicate, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose anhydrous, microcrystalline cellulose, polyoxy 40 hydrogenated castor oil, propyl gallate, and sodium stearyl fumarate; coating layer: carnauba wax, colour iron oxide red-brown, colour iron oxide yellow, colour titanium dioxide, hydrogen peroxide, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, and polyethylene glycol.

Who should NOT take Plendil?

Do not take felodipine if you:

  • are allergic to felodipine or any ingredients of the medication
  • are allergic to medications from the same class (e.g., amlodipine, nifedipine)
  • are breast-feeding
  • are or could become pregnant

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