Nicardipine (Cardene®) is part of a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. It is used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heart beat, other conditions that affect the heart, or migraine headaches. It can be given as a capsule, sustained release capsule, or by injection.

  • Give to your child only as directed. Do not stop giving the medicine unless the doctor tells you to stop. 
  • Talk to your child's doctor or pharmacist before giving any other medications, prescription or over-the-counter (OTC).
  • Your child should swallow long-acting tablets whole. Do no chew or crush.
  • Sustained release capsules should be given to your child with food. 
  • Avoid giving your child grapefruit and grapefruit juice while they take this medication.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle / package.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.  
  • If too much medicine is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) at 513-636-5111, or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and / or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Dizziness  
  • Tiredness
  • Headache  
  • Flushed skin
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of hands or feet
  • Extreme dizziness or fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting

Last Updated 12/2013