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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Felodipine Side Effects

Thought I would do a post on the side effects of felodipine which is a common blood pressure regulating prescription drug. I have personally had better success regulating blood pressure with walking, push ups, weight training, and of course my favorite...............GREEN SMOOTHIE'S USING A VITA MIXER. Smoothies should be built around a foundation of celery, cucumber, baby spinach, carrots, apples, grapes, romaine lettuce, mangoes, banana's etc. The CELERY is a MUST and one should and can drink two or three eight ounce glasses of this mixture daily. It should always be made fresh and should be used within a hour or so at most. It is best NOT to keep it refrigerated overnight etc. Make it, and then drink it.

I recently returned from a working ministry trip in the Emerald Isle (IRELAND). During the last week or ten days there, I came down with a bad cold and flu like symptoms. I am OVER THAT Praise the LORD. What bothered me more was being unable to control my blood pressure while there for approximately five weeks despite walking an hour or more a day on average and doing 1600 push ups during my 5 week stay. I had readings in the 145/95 range and an occasional 160/95. I was even taking in addition to Felodipine an extra Lisinopril in the evening which I never take at home. After two days at home and being back on the CELERY based green smoothies, my blood pressure this afternoon was back down to 125/82. I have to attribute that almost solely to drinking celery smoothies. Before I return to Ireland next year, I have decided to PURCHASE a second Vita Mixer to keep on the west coast of Ireland while I am there. While in the USA, I rarely miss a day of drinking a quart or more of green smoothies made with the Vita Mixer. I am going to rectify that situation on my next trip to Ireland.


Please open the link above for a listing of dangerous side effects of Felodipine.

Above is another link concerning drug interactions with felodipine.


What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a felodipine overdose include dizziness, weakness, chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, an unusually fast or slow heartbeat, coma, slurred speech, and confusion.

What should I avoid while taking felodipine?

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with felodipine. The interaction could lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit and grapefruit juice with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.

Follow any recommendations your doctor makes about diet or exercise.

Use caution when you stand or sit up from a lying position, especially if you wake up during the night. You may become dizzy when changing positions.
Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may further lower blood pressure and increase drowsiness or dizziness while taking felodipine.

What are the possible side effects of felodipine?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking felodipine and contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
  • unusually fast or slow heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • severe dizziness or fainting
  • abnormal behavior or psychosis
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), or
  • swelling of the legs, ankles, or face.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take felodipine and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • fatigue or tiredness
  • headache
  • insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • swelling of your gums
  • nausea or diarrhea
  • increased or difficult urination
  • muscle or joint discomfort; or
  • flushing (redness).
    This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
    What other drugs will affect felodipine?
    Before taking felodipine, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
    • another heart medication to treat the same or another condition
    • erythromycin (E-Mycin, E.E.S., Eryc, Ery-Tab, others)
    • itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral)
    • cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB)
    • carbamazepine (Tegretol)
    • phenytoin (Dilantin); or
    • rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane) or rifabutin (Mycobutin).
    You may not be able to take felodipine, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
    Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with felodipine or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.
    Where can I get more information?
    Your pharmacist can provide more information about felodipine.



    Some of the health benefits of celery juice:
    ACIDITY: The important minerals in this magical juice effectively balance the body’s blood pH, neutralizing acidity.
    ATHLETES: Celery juice acts as the perfect post-workout tonic as it replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body with its rich minerals.
    CANCER: Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. Among them are the acetylenics that have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Phenolic acids which block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells. And coumarins which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells.
    CHOLESTEROL: This humble pale juice has been shown to effectively and significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
    COLON and STOMACH CANCER: The phytochemical coumarins prevent the formation and development of the colon and stomach cancers.
    NATURAL LAXATIVE EFFECT: Helps to relieve constipation. It also helps relax nerves that have been overworked by man-made laxatives.
    COOLING: During dry and hot weather, drink a glass of celery juice two or three times a day, between meals. It wonderfully helps to normalize body temperature.
    POTASSIUM and SODIUM: Helps to regulate body fluid and stimulate urine production, making it an important help to rid the body of excess fluid.
    POLYACETYLENE: An amazing relief for all inflammation like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis.
    KIDNEY FUNCTION: Celery promotes healthy and normal kidney function by aiding elimination of toxins from the body. While eliminating toxins, it also prevents formation of kidney stones.
    LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE: Drinking celery juice every day for a week significantly helps lower blood pressure. A compound called phtalides help relax the muscle around arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow normally. To be effective, drink the juice for one week, stop for three weeks, and start over.
    NERVOUS SYSTEM: The organic alkaline minerals in celery juice has a calming effect on the nervous system, making it a wonderful drink for insomniacs.
    WEIGHT LOSS: Drink celery juice frequently throughout the day. It helps curb your cravings for sweets and rich food.
    URINARY STONES (breaking of): The diuretic effect of celery juice also aids the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones.
    You can expect many more healing benefits from celery juice as you consume its natural sodium.

    In my HUMBLE opinion, you "Just gotta drink celery juice every day". If you only make one purchase this year, buy a VITA MIXER and learn how to use it. It will add years to your life and life to your years.

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