NICOSTAR 5mg contains Nicorandil which belongs to a group of medicines known as potassium-channel activators which works by increasing the blood flow through the blood vessels of the heart. NICOSTAR 5mg is used to prevent and treat long-term chest pain (angina). Angina is a type of chest pain often described as squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in your chest due to reduced blood flow to the heart. NICOSTAR 5mg used to treat angina and also reduces acute coronary events in high risk stable angina patients.
Before taking NICOSTAR 5mg, tell your doctor if you have low blood pressure or heart problems. Do not take any medicines for erectile dysfunction. NICOSTAR 5mg is not recommended for use in children and breastfeeding women. Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The dose you take will depend on your age, other medications you are taking and whether you have any kidney or liver problems. The common side effects are headache, dizziness, weakness and irregular heartbeat.
USES OF NICOSTAR 5MG
- Angina (chest pain)
HOW NICOSTAR 5MG WORKS
NICOSTAR 5mg works by increasing the blood flow through the blood vessels of the heart.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Take NICOSTAR 5mg according to the dose and frequency as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break the medicine. It may be taken with or without food.
SIDE EFFECTS OF NICOSTAR 5MG
- Increased or fast heart-beat
- Feeling sick or being sick
- Flushing of the skin
- Blood in your stools or vomit
- Ulcers, bleeding of the back passage
- Skin rashes
HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS
Get up and move around to feel awake, take small naps to edge off the sleepiness. Give your eyes a break to avoid fatigue and eat a healthy food to boost energy.
Feeling sick (nausea) or indigestion:
Stick to simple normal meals and do not eat rich or spicy foods.
WARNING & PRECAUTIONS
NICOSTAR 5mg should be used with caution in pregnant women unless necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
NICOSTAR 5mg is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
DRIVING AND USING MACHINES
NICOSTAR 5mg may cause dizziness. Do not drive or handle any machines while taking this medicine.
Do not drink alcohol while taking NICOSTAR 5mg.
Do not take if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to Nicorandil or any ingredients of NICOSTAR 5mg.
NICOSTAR 5mg is not recommended in patients with active heart diseases. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you had or have a condition such as:
- Low blood pressure
- Pulmonary oedema
- Mouth ulcers
Tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription or the following:
- Sildenafil, tadalafil or vardenafil (used for impotence)
- Hydralazine, minoxidil or nitroprusside (vasodilators)
- Medicines for high blood pressure, depression
Store at room temperature 15-25°C and keep out of reach of children.
FAQ’s ABOUT NICOSTAR 5MG
Q: What will happen if I stop taking NICOSTAR 5mg?
A: Stopping it can make your angina pain come back. If you’re bothered by side effects, your doctor will prescribe a different medicine for your angina.
Q: How long does NICOSTAR 5mg take to work?
A: It starts to work after about 1 hour, but it usually takes about 4 to 5 days for it to fully take effect.
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