Felodipine

Sounds like 'feh-LOW-dih-peen'

Easy-to-read medicine information about felodipine – what it is, how to take felodipine safely and possible side effects.


 Type of medicine

 Also called

  • Belongs to a group of medicines called calcium-channel blockers  
  • Plendil ER®

What is felodipine?

Dose

  • The usual dose of felodipine is 2.5 milligrams or 5 milligrams once daily.
  • Depending on your response, your doctor may increase your dose to 10 mg once daily.
  • Always take your felodipine exactly as your doctor has told you. The pharmacy label on your medicine will tell you how much felodipine to take, how often to take it, and any special instructions.  

How to take felodipine

  • Take felodipine once a day, at the same time each day. It is best taken in the morning.
  • Swallow the whole tablet with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the tablet. This will release all the medication at once and increase the risk of getting side effects. 
  • You can take felodipine with or without food.
  • Avoid grapefruit juice or sour Seville oranges while taking felodipine. These can increase your chance of getting side effects.  
  • If you miss a tablet take it as soon as you remember that day. But, if it is nearly time for our next tablet, just take the next tablet at the right time. Do not take double the amount of tablets.
  • Do not stop taking felodipine, even if you feel better. Speak to your doctor or nurse before stopping.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, felodipine can cause unwanted side effects, although not everyone gets them. Often unwanted side effects improve as your body gets used to the new medicine.

Side effects What should I do?
  • Headache
  • Feeling flushed (red in the face)


  • These are quite common when you first start taking felodipine and usually go away after a few days
  • Tell your doctor if troublesome
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling light headed
  • Feeling faint when you stand up
  • Be careful when getting up from either lying down or sitting to avoid falls. These effects puts you at risk of falls and injuries, especially if your are elderly
  • Be careful when driving or using tools until you know how this medicine affects you
  • Swelling of the hand, ankles, feet or legs
  • Muscle pain or cramps
  • Tell your doctor if troublesome
  • Worsening chest pain
  • Changes in your heart beat (fast or irregular heartbeat)
  • Tell your doctor immediately or ring HealthLine on 0800 611 116 
  • Signs of an allergic reactions such as  skin rashes, itching, swelling of the face, lips, mouth or have problems breathing
  • Tell your doctor immediately or ring HealthLine on 0800 611 116

Interactions

Felodipine interacts with a number of important medications and herbal supplements so check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting felodipine or before starting any new medicines.

Learn more

Medsafe Consumer Information Sheet: Plendil ER

New Zealand Formulary Patient Information: Felodipine

Credits: Sandra Ponen, Pharmacist. Reviewed By: Dr J Bycroft. Health Navigator NZ