Generic Name: nimodipine
Drug Class: calcium channel blocker
Nimotop is an oral prescription drug that improves outcomes by reducing the incidence and severity of ischemic deficits among patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage from ruptured intracranial berry aneurysms. This can be given regardless of the post-ictus neurological condition.
Nimotop Dosage Forms
This is available in Nimotop 30 mg capsule.
Nimotop Mechanism of Action
The precise action of this medication, especially on cerebral vasospasm, is still unknown. However, it is thought to inhibit the calcium ion transfer into the smooth muscle cells, leading to the inhibition of vascular smooth muscle.
How to Take Nimotop
Before taking this prescription drug, it is necessary to read the drug information leaflet or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. Also, make sure you understand its purpose and directions. Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you need further medical advice or additional details.
This capsule is only meant to be taken by mouth. This usually starts as soon as possible or within 4 days after the start of bleeding in the brain. This should be taken every four hours, 1 hour prior or 2 hours after a meal. Swallow the capsule entirely and drink a full glass of water right after. Cutting or chewing this product is not recommended. Do not lie down for 10 minutes after administering this oral drug.
Make a dosing schedule. Do not increase or decrease your Nimotop dosagewithout your doctor’s advice.
Nimotop Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
Severe Side Effects:
-Severe abdominal pain
-Severe nausea and vomiting
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Nimotop.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue medication and talk to your doctor or health care professional.
Warnings and Precautions when using Nimotop
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to nimodipine, amlodipine, nifedipine, other dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, or any inactive ingredients the capsule may contain. Always be watchful for any signs of serious allergic reactions, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives/itchiness, and skin rashes. If this occurs, stop taking this oral medication and seek emergency medical help immediately.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of heart attack, angina, head injury, liver disease, and low blood pressure. Due to the possibility of drug interactions, you should mention all of your prescription and non-prescription medications, supplements, and herbal products.
Drowsiness is a common adverse reaction to this medication. Practice caution when doing tasks that would need alertness, especially driving. You must also limit drinking alcohol while taking this capsule.
Pregnant and breastfeeding moms must discuss all the possible risks of taking this medication with their doctors. This drug is known to pass into breastmilk.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Nimotop used for?
Nimotop (nimodipine) is prescribed to prevent brain function changes due to subarachnoid hemorrhage. This is a condition characterized by bleeding in the brain.
Does Nimotop lower blood pressure?
This medication may cause hypotension. It can decrease both systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure.
How long does Nimotop take to work?
This type of oral drug can work immediately. It can reach its peak plasma concentration within one hour after being administered.
Does Nimotop cause weight gain?
This drug does not directly cause weight changes. If you gain weight while taking this medication, it may be caused by other underlying conditions.
Can Nimotop cause headaches?
Headache and dizziness are possible adverse reactions to this drug. However, headaches can also be caused by the sudden constriction of blood vessels in the brain.
Is Nimotop over the counter?
This product is a prescription medication. Speak with your doctor to get a valid prescription.