What is Isradipine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: DynaCirc CR DynaCirc

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Isradipine is a calcium channel blocker of the dihydropyridine class. It is usually prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure in order to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. More recent research suggests that isradipine may have potential uses for treating Parkinson's disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's disease 19 12
Elevated blood pressure 14 10
High blood pressure (hypertension) 1 0
Raynaud's disease 1 0
Support circulatory health 1 2

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 2
Mild 1
None 18

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Isradipine

Side effect Patients
Swelling in feet 2
Dizziness with hypotension upon standing 1
Fluid retention (edema) 1
Headaches 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Isradipine

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 5
10 mg daily 3
2.5 mg daily 2
5 mg twice daily 2
7.5 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Isradipine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 3
Expense 3
Did not seem to work 2
Doctor's advice 2
Other 2
Side effects too severe 2
See all 11 patients who've stopped taking Isradipine

Duration

Currently taking Isradipine

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Isradipine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 22
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 5
Not specified 13

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Isradipine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 1
Hydrochlorothiazide-Valsartan (Diovan HCT) 1
Last updated:

4 patient evaluations for Isradipine

Feb 17, 2014 (Started Jan 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 27, 2008 (Started Jan 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It seems to work well with Azilect. After increasing my Azilect dose three months ago my tremor lessened and fatigue and stiffness seem to be continuing to improve.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 22, 2012 (Started Mar 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 7.5 mg Daily

Sep 29, 2008 (Started Mar 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 7.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My blood pressure is running quite high with this medication. I am in the process of switching back to my former treatment of Lisinopril.

Aug 20, 2008 (Started Mar 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 7.5 mg Daily

  • 1 helpful mark

Nov 10, 2011 (Started Feb 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support circulatory health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: swelling in feet

Feb 28, 2011 (Started Feb 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support circulatory health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (swelling in feet)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I experienced some swelling in my feet. This improved when HCT 12.3 mg was added to my BP meds.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: swelling in feet

  • 0 helpful marks
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