Contains the active ingredient : Felodipine, which is a type of medicine called a calcium-channel blocker. This type of medicine acts on the blood vessels. (NB. Felodipine is also available without a brand name, ie as the generic medicine.)
Felodipine works by slowing the movement of calcium through the muscle cells that are found in the walls of blood vessels. It does this by blocking 'calcium channels' in these muscle cells. Calcium is needed by muscle cells in order for them to contract, so by depriving them of calcium, felodipine causes the muscle cells to relax.
Felodipine acts specifically on the muscle cells in the walls of arteries, causing them to relax. This allows the arteries in the body to widen, an effect that has two main uses.
The relaxing and widening of the small arteries in the body decreases the resistance that the heart has to push against in order to pump the blood around the body. This reduces the pressure within the blood vessels. Felodipine can therefore be used to lower high blood pressure.
The widening effect on the small arteries in the heart also improves the blood and therefore oxygen supply to the heart. This feature means felodipine can be used in the management of angina. The chest pain of angina is caused by insufficient oxygen supply to the heart. As felodipine improves this oxygen supply, and also reduces the effort the heart has to make to pump blood, it is used to prevent angina attacks.
What is it used for?
High blood pressure (hypertension).
Angina (as a regular long-term treatment to prevent attacks).
Size : 30 tablets / box
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