Case Report - Clinical Practice (2019) Volume 16, Issue 3

Cilnidipine Adverse Effect In Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease Patient With Pedal Edema- A Case Report

Corresponding Author:
Nagaraju Vallepu
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Balaji Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences Narsampet
Warangal, Telangana, India
E-mail: [email protected]


Bilateral pedal edema is the most common symptom in chronic kidney diseased patients. It occurs due to the loss of functioning of the kidney. This may lead to fluid accumulation in the body and also an accumulation of excretory products or waste products like creatinine, uric acid, urea levels are increases in blood. The presented case was hypertensive patient with chronic kidney disease cilnidipine is a drug prescribed for her blood pressure it was calcium channel blocker. These drugs induce the edema in a patient with chronic kidney disease. Here in this scenario need of clinical pharmacist in the area of patient care and improved quality of treatment to the patients for better outcomes. Patients data was collected in profile form and documented confidentially.


Chronic kidney disease, cilnidipine, bilateral pedal edema, clinical pharmacist


CKD: Chronic Kidney Disease; CCBs: Calcium Channel Blockers; ARBs: Angiotensin Receptor Blockers; HTN: Hypertension; ADR: Adverse Drug Reaction; B/L: Bilateral


A female patient of age 60 years was admitted to the Nephrology department with chief complaints of B/L pedal edema, body pain and loss of appetite. She was admitted into the Tertiary hospital in Hanamkonda with past History-hypertension (HTN), Family history-HTN. For her HTN physician prescribed cilnidipine 20 mg BD which is a Calcium Channel Blocker (CCB), that targets voltage-dependent L-type of Calcium channel. Cilnidipine (marketed as Cilacar, Cinod in India), an L-type and N-type CCB, has been reported for antiproteinuric action when administered in patients with essential hypertension [1-3].

Case Report

The patient was apparently asymptomatic one week ago. Then she developed body pain with loss of appetite and bilateral edema. She had a history of hypertension since three years. Family history-HTN.

Physical examination results: Body temperature-98.6°F; Pulse rate-84/min; Respiration rate-18 breaths/min; Blood pressure-150/90 mmHg; SPO2 at room air- 98%.

Renal Function Tests (RFTs): serum creatinine-7.5 mg/dl; Blood urea-142 mg/dl; Sr.Na-140 mmol/L; serum phosphorus-5.8 mg/ dl; Sr.potassium-3.9 mmol/L; Sr.calcium-0.72 mmol/L; Sr.chlorides-101 mmol/L.

Complete Blood Picture (CBP): White Blood Cell Count-7,500 μL; Haemoglobin-7.0 gms%; Red Blood Cell Count-2.4 millions/μL; Differential leukocyte count: Neutrophils-76%, Eosinophils-02%, Monocytes-02%, Lymphocytes-20%.

Liver Function Tests (LFTs): Total bilirubin-0.1 mg/dl; Conjugated bilirubin-0.2 mg/dl; unconjugated bilirubin-0.6 mg/dl; ALT-28 U/L; AST-31 U/L; Sr.ALP-298 U/L; Total protein-5.5 gm/L; Sr.globulin-3.0 gm/L; Sr.albumin-2.5 gm/L.

Abdominal ultrasound: Small kidney with renal parenchymal disease (GRADE III).

Provisional diagnosis: From above laboratory and investigational data the patient was diagnosed as Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) (TABLE 1).

Drug Name Route Dose Frequency Days  Of Treatment
1 day 2 day 3 day 4 day 5 day 6 day 7 day
INJ:Sulbactum+cefoperaz-one IV 1 GM OD Given10 AM Given10 AM Given10 AM Given10 AM Given10AM Given10 AM Given10 AM
CAP:Pantoprazole+domperidone ORAL 10 MG BD Given8 AM and 8 PM Given8 AM and  8 PM Given8 AM and  8 PM Given8 AM and 8 PM Given8AM&8PM Given8 AM and 8 PM Given8 AM  and 8 PM
TAB: Cilnidipine ORAL 20 MG BD Given10 AM and 9 PM Given10 AM and 9 PM Given10 AM and 9 PM Stop Stop Stop Stop
CAP: Bevon ORAL 1 MG OD Given1 PM Given1 PM Given1 PM Given1 PM Given1PM Given1 PM Given1 PM
Tablet: Shelcal ORAL 500 MG BD Given1 PM  and 8 PM Given1 PM and 8 PM Given1 PM and 8 PM Given1 PM and 8 PM Given1PM&8PM Given1 PM  and  8 PM Given1 PM and 8 PM
TAB: Telmisartan ORAL 40 MG BD Not given Not given Not given Given10 AM and 9 PM Given10 AM  and 9 PM Given10 AM and 9 PM Given10 AM  and 9 PM

TABLE 1. Treatment plan.


The patient presented with the B/L pedal edema and patient past history of Hypertension now she diagnosed as Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Patients data was collected in profile form and documented confidentially. First, we reduced the patient symptoms by giving the above medications. In that prescription cilnidipine is a well-known drug for hypertensive CKD patient. Cilnidipine effectively reduces the lowgrade albuminuria in hypertensive CKD patient but main adverse effect of this drug induces the ankle edema, pedal edema, and peripheral edema. In this reported case the patient already had the pedal edema. As a “Clinical Pharmacist” I have observed the patient from the admission of the first day to fifth-day, the patient was not relieved from pedal edema even patient underwent hemodialysis (HD). The mechanism of this adverse effect is unknown [4-6].


Most of the Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs) induce edema. As a clinical pharmacist, we request consent prescriber with research articles to replace the cilnidipine with Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs) or ACEIs or Thiazide diuretics for reducing the complication with cilnidipine. Finally, prescriber accepted my request and changed the drug to hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg BD within 3 days the patient’s pedal edema was completely reduced. Now she is free from edema. This case report shows that cilnidipine is not safe for hypertensive CKD patients. Here in this scenario, there is a need for clinical pharmacist in the area of patient care and improved quality of treatment to the patients for better outcomes.


We are very thankful to both duty doctors and patient who supported to this case study.

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