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This medicine is used in the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension (raised blood pressure).


This medicine is contraindicated in patients suffering from aortic stenosis (narrowing of aortic valve), unstable angina (chest pain), uncontrolled heart failure within 1 month of myocardial infarction (heart attack), severe hepatic (liver) or renal (kidney) impairment, and acute porphyria (metabolic disorder).

Side effects

Patients administered with this medication may experience flushing (temporary redness), peripheral edema (swelling of lower legs and hands), palpitations (sensation that your heart has skipped a beat), tachycardia (rapid heart rate), headache, dizziness (feeling of being sleepy), asthaenia (weakness), gastrointestinal disturbances, hypotension (low blood pressure), myalgia (muscle weakness), rash (change in color and texture of skin), and worsening of angina (chest pain) and myocardial infarction (heart attack).

Expert Advice

  • Take atleast 15 minutes before meals, preferably before breakfast. Swallow whole tablet with a glass of water.
  • Contact prescriber if there is chest pain, and allergic reaction (rash, hives, itching, difficulty in breathing, swelling on lips; face; throat).
  • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice during therapy.
  • Avoid alcohol during therapy.


What class of drug is lercanidipine?

This medication belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers.

How long does lercanidipine stay in your system?

This medication has an elimination half life (time required by a quantity to reduce to half of its initial value) of 8-10 hours.

What is the best time of day to take lercanidipine?

Take lercanidipine once a day, preferably in the morning. You should take the tablet about 30 minutes before you eat.

How long will I take lercanidipine for?

Treatment with this medication is usually long term, even for the rest of your life.

Can lercanidipine cause tiredness?

Lercanidipine can cause side effects such as dizziness, weakness, tiredness and rarely sleepiness.

Medicines containing lercanidipine

Leradip 10mg

By Himont

Pack size: 1x14's