This medication is used to improve symptoms caused by spasms as a result of a brain hemorrhage (ruptured blood vessels).
How to take
Take this medication exactly as prescribed. If the capsules can not be swallowed, the liquid inside the capsule may be taken out and given through a feeding tube. For best results, this medication must be started within 4 days of the brain hemorrhage and given every 4 hours for 3 weeks.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Nimotop (nimodipine) belongs to the class of pharmacological agents known as calcium channel blockers.
Try to take each dose at the scheduled time. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Store this medication at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.
Tell your doctor if you have: heart problems, lung disease, allergies (especially drug allergies). This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk. Breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Possible Side Effects
Nausea, stomach upset, diarrhea, headache, slowed pulse or flushing may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: depression, mood changes, skin rash, swelling hands or feet, shortness of breath, wheezing, muscle cramps, unusual bruising or bleeding. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication has been used in the treatment of migraine headache.