Generic Name: bepridil (BE pri dil)Brand Names: Vascor
Bepridil is in a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Bepridil relaxes (widens) your blood vessels (veins and arteries), which makes it easier for your heart to pump and reduces its workload.
Bepridil is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and to treat angina (chest pain).
Bepridil may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Follow any diet or exercise recommendations for your condition.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have
liver disease; or
another disease of the heart or blood vessels, such as sick sinus syndrome, irregular heartbeats, heart failure, low blood pressure, or coronary artery disease.
You may not be able to take bepridil, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.Bepridil is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether bepridil will harm an unborn baby. Do not take bepridil without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. Bepridil passes into breast milk and may harm a nursing infant. Do not take bepridil without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Take bepridil exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Take each dose with a full glass of water. Do not stop taking this medication unless your doctor approves. If you stop taking your medication, your condition could become much worse.
Follow any diet or exercise recommendations for your condition.Store bepridil at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
See also: Bepridil dosage in more detail
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.
Symptoms of a bepridil overdose include dizziness, weakness, chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, unusually fast or slow heartbeat, coma, slurred speech, and confusion.
Follow any recommendations your doctor makes about diet or exercise.
an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
unusually fast or slow heartbeat;
fainting or severe dizziness;
abnormal behavior or psychosis;
yellowing of your skin or eyes (jaundice); or
swelling of your legs or ankles.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take bepridil and talk to your doctor if you experience
unusual fatigue or tiredness;
nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, or constipation;
nervousness or mild dizziness;
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Usual Adult Dose for Angina Pectoris Prophylaxis:
Initial dose: 200 mg orally once a day.Maintenance dose: 300-400 mg orally once a day.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other heart medicines. Bepridil may compound the effects that other heart medicines have on your heart.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with bepridil or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Bepridil is available with a prescription under the brand name Vascor. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.
Vascor 200 mg--capsule-shaped, light-blue, film-coated, scored tablets
Vascor 300 mg--capsule-shaped, blue, film-coated, scored tablets
Vascor 400 mg--capsule-shaped, dark-blue, film-coated, scored tablets