Nimotop, with the generic name nimodipine, is a medicine that improves neurological outcomes by reducing the incidence and severity of ischemic deficits in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) due to ruptured intracranial berry aneurysms regardless of the post-ictus neurological condition.
This is available in Nimotop 30 mg tablet form.
Nimotop Mechanism of Action
This calcium channel blocker works by inhibiting calcium ion transfer into smooth muscle cells. Thus, it inhibits contractions of vascular smooth muscle. In essence, Nimotop has the effect of relaxing narrowed blood vessels in the brain where bleeding is occurring, allowing blood to flow more freely. This reduces damage to the brain.
How to take Nimotop
To begin, read the Nimotop guide or information leaflet that comes with this product. Do not start using this oral drug unless you have fully understood the drug information and instructions printed in the guide. If you need further medical advice on your condition or have queries on using this drug correctly, you can ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take the tablet orally. This is usually taken as soon as the bleeding in the brain is detected or within four days. It is prescribed every 4 hours and should be taken one hour before or two hours after a meal. Swallow the pill and immediately follow with a glass of water.
Remember to take this medication exactly as directed. Avoid missing your medication by creating a dosing schedule. Your Nimotop dose, frequency, and length of treatment will depend on your medical condition and response to therapy. Also, you should not stop taking this drug suddenly because doing so may lead to worsening conditions.
Side Effects of Nimotop
Common side effects:
In most cases, the side effects caused by this prescription drug are mild and will disappear after a few days. If the adverse reactions get worse or persist, you should hold the medication for a while and consult your doctor or any health care professional. Further, you should report severe side effects, including:
-severe abdominal pain
-inability to pass bowel for 3 days or more
This is not a complete or full list of Nimotop side effects.
Precautions when using Nimotop
Before starting to take this medication, you should fully disclose your medical history to your physician, including any history of heart attack, chest pain episodes, head injury, liver disease, and hypotension, or low blood pressure. Some diseases or disorders may affect how your system will respond to the therapy. In addition, you should talk about all the prescription medications, nonprescription medications, herbal products, and supplements you are taking because of the possible drug interactions with this calcium channel blocker.
While taking this medication, watch out for allergic reactions. Avoid taking this oral drug if you have a known allergy to nimodipine, other dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers like amlodipine and nifedipine, or any inactive ingredients it may contain. Immediately discontinue medication and seek emergency help on you experience severe hypersensitivity. Signs of hypersensitivity are hives or itchiness, red patches on the skin, severe dizziness, swelling of the face, and trouble breathing.
Among the adverse effects of this medication are dizziness and lightheadedness. This could be triggered or worsened by alcohol. As much as possible, limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages. You should also practice safety caution when driving, using machinery, or doing activities that require alertness.
It is still unknown whether this prescription medication could cause harm to unborn babies and nursing infants. Thus, pregnant and breastfeeding moms should take this drug only if clearly needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long should I take this medication?
This is usually prescribed for two to four weeks.
‘What are the different forms of Nimotop?
This drug is only available in Nimotop tablet from Mapleleafmeds.
Can this medication be chewed?
This medication is not recommended to be chewed.
Does this medication cause hypotension?
This drug may cause low blood pressure.
How much does Nimotop cost?
This page contains a price check for this drug.
Maple Leaf Medications has provided information from third parties intended to increase awareness and does not contain all the information about Nimotop (Nimodipine). Talk to your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner for medical attention, advice, or if you have any concerns about Nimotop (Nimodipine).