Nimotop is a medication taken by patients to reduce the issues caused by a specific bleeding type in the brain. It belongs to a group of drugs called calcium channel blockers. The human body responds to bleeding by narrowing vessels to slow down the blood flow. When the brain is affected by bleeding, stopping the blood flow will only cause more damage. Nimotop works by relaxing narrowed vessels close to the bleeding area to let blood flow more easily and decrease this damage.
How to Take This Drug
Start taking it as soon as you can after noticing any bleeding in the brain (within a few days). You need to take regular doses every 4 hours, and it’s not allowed to lie down about 10 minutes after using Nimotop. This medicine should be taken orally, 1-2 hours after regular meals. The right dose is always based on your individual tolerance and medical condition. Avoid eating grapefruits and drinking their juice, because these products may increase a possible risk of side effects. Take Nimotop on a regular basis and at the same time each day to get its greatest benefit. This drug is usually taken for about 2-4 weeks.
Possible Side Effects
Like other drugs, the use of Nimotop may cause certain adverse reactions, but most of them are mild, including:
Swelling of feet and ankles;
Lightheadedness and dizziness.
However, if any of these signs get worse, you need to call your doctor at once. To decrease lightheadedness and dizziness, get up slowly from any lying or siting position. Most patients who undergo this treatment don’t experience any severe side effects. However, once you start experiencing the following signs, you need to get emergency medical help and stop taking Nimotop:
Slow or fast heartbeats;
Fainting and stomach bloating;
Severe abdominal pain and vision changes;
Severe vomiting and nausea;
Inability to have bowel movements;
Important Nimotop Precautions
Before starting this treatment, inform doctors about any possible allergies to this drug and other calcium channel blockers. They also need to be aware of your medical history, especially recent heart attacks, chest pain, liver problems, head injuries, low blood pressure, etc. The intake of Nimotop can make you feel dizzy, so you shouldn’t drive or perform other activities that require your full alertness. Don’t consume alcoholic beverages. Older patients are more sensitive to the side effects caused by this medicine, especially swelling and dizziness.
Unwanted Drug Interactions
Nimotop may potentially interact with certain medications, including pills for hypertension, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, other calcium channel blockers, azole antifungals, macrolide antibiotics, rifamycins, anti-seizure meds, NSAIDs and others. Don’t take this drug with antacids, because they will prevent it from working properly in the body. Inform doctors about any other meds that you’re taking, including diet aids, natural supplements and so on.