Compare Cardene vs. nimodipine

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Helps with recovery after an episode of bleeding in the brain.

Nymalize (nimodipine) acts specifically on the blood vessels of the brain to reduce long-term damage from brain bleed, but is expensive.

Upsides
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  • Available in a liquid formulation if you have difficulty swallowing a pill.
  • Treatment is short-term, for 21 days only.
  • Safe to use even if you have kidney or liver problems.
Downsides
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  • Needs to be taken several times in a day, usually every four hours.
  • Not a good option for elderly because it lowers blood pressure and causes constipation.
  • Inteacts with a lot of other medications, especially for the treatment of HIV.
  • Available in a generic verison, but is still expensive.
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Used for
  • Hypertension Hypertension
  • Postoperative Stable angina
  • Chronic
  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Acute - Hypertension Electroconvulsive therapy Hypotension
  • Induction and maintenance Malignant hypertension Migraine Subarachnoid hemorrhage - Vasospasm Variant angina
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Price
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Side effects
The Cardene Sr (Nicardipine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Nymalize (nimodipine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
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  • Life-threatening low blood pressure
  • Monitoring of blood pressure
    • Using other medicines that lower blood pressure such as diuretics and beta-blockers
  • Interactions with other medicines
    • Taking other medicines that interact with Nymalize (nimodipine)
  • Liver disease
    • Liver disease
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