These tablets will help to lower your blood pressure.
The usual dose is one tablet each morning, with a drink of water.
Do not drink grapefruit juice whilst you are on these tablets. It will increase the risk of side-effects.
|Type of medicine||Calcium-channel blocker|
|Used for||High blood pressure|
Lacidipine is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). People with high blood pressure often do not feel unwell but, if left untreated, high blood pressure can harm your heart and damage blood vessels, leading to a heart attack or stroke.
Lacidipine works by relaxing (widening) your blood vessels. This lowers your blood pressure and allows blood to circulate more freely around your body.
Before taking lacidipine
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking lacidipine it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have liver problems.
- If you have any heart problems or angina (chest pain), or if you have recently had a heart attack.
- If you have porphyria (this is a rare inherited blood disorder).
- If you are taking or using any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.
How to take lacidipine
- Before you start taking these tablets, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack. The leaflet will give you more information about lacidipine and a full list of side-effects which you may experience from taking it.
- Take lacidipine exactly as your doctor has told you to. The usual starting dose is 2 mg daily (one tablet), taken preferably in the morning. This is likely to be increased after a few weeks to 4 mg daily. It may then be increased further, to 6 mg daily. Lacidipine is available in two strengths of tablet - 2 mg and 4 mg. Your dose and the strength of your tablets will be on the label of the pack to remind you.
- Take the tablets with a drink of water. You can take them before or after your meals.
- Try to take your doses at the same time of day, each day. This will help you to remember to take them.
- Do not drink grapefruit juice while you are on lacidipine. This is because a chemical in grapefruit juice increases the amount of lacidipine in your bloodstream and this makes side-effects more likely.
- If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until the following day, skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Try to keep your regular appointments with your doctor. This is so your doctor can check on your progress.
- If you drink alcohol, ask your doctor for advice. Your doctor may recommend that you do not drink alcohol while you are on this medicine. It will increase the chance that you experience side-effects such as feeling dizzy and light-headed.
- If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are suitable for you to take. This is because some medicines may interfere with lacidipine and may not be recommended for you.
- If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are taking lacidipine.
- Treatment with lacidipine is usually long-term unless you experience an adverse effect. Continue to take the tablets unless you are advised otherwise. If it is necessary for you to stop taking it, your doctor may want you to reduce your dose gradually over a few days, as stopping taking lacidipine suddenly may cause problems.
Can lacidipine cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common lacidipine side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who take this medicine||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Headache||Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller|
|Swollen ankles, feeling flushed, being aware of your heartbeat, itchy skin rash, increased amount of urine||Speak with your doctor about these if any become troublesome or continue beyond a few days|
|Feeling weak or dizzy||If this happens, do not drive or use tools or machines until you feel better|
|Feeling sick, abdominal discomfort||Stick to simple foods|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store lacidipine
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Never take more than the prescribed dose. If you suspect that you or someone else might have taken an overdose of this medicine, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital at once. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.
This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.
Do not keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.
If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.
Further reading & references
- Manufacturer's PIL, Motens® 2 mg and 4 mg Tablets; Boehringer Ingelheim Limited, The electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated October 2012.
- British National Formulary; 64th Edition (Sep 2012) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. EMIS has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. For details see our conditions.
Dr Adrian Bonsall