Nifedipine: Side Effects, Dosage, Uses, and More
COMMON BRAND(S): Procardia
GENERIC NAME(S): Nifedipine
Nifedipine is used to prevent some type of chest pain (angina). This can allow you to exercise more and reduce the frequency of angina attacks. Nifedipine is related to a class of drugs known as calcium channel blockers. It works by resting the blood vessels so that the blood flows more easily. This drug should be taken regularly to be effective. When they are there, it should not be used to treat chest pain attacks. Use other drugs (such as sublingual nitroglycerin) to relieve chest pain attacks as directed by your doctor. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.
Older adults should discuss the risks and benefits of this drug with their doctor or pharmacist, as well as other potentially secure forms of Nifedipine (such as long-lasting pills).
How to use Nifedipine
Take Nifedipine from mouth, usually with food or without your doctor, 3 times. Swallow this medicine completely. There is no need to crush, chew or break the capsules.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and treatment response. Your doctor may gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
Avoid drinking grapes or drinking grapes while taking this medicine, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Grapes can increase the amount of some medicines in your bloodstream. Contact your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Use Nifedipine regularly to get the most benefit. To help you remember, take it every day at the same time.
Tell your doctor if your condition worsens (for example, your chest pain gets worse or more often).
Dizziness, flushing, weakness, ankle / swelling in the legs, constipation and headache can occur. If any of these effects persists or worsens, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
To reduce dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly while rising from the position of sitting or lying down.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Nifedipine because he or she has decided that the benefit is higher than the risk of side effects. Many people using this drug do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if there is no possibility of these but there are serious side effects: fast / irregular / fast heart beat, unconsciousness
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects are: Change in vision.
Although this medicine is effective in preventing chest pain (angina), but some people who already have serious cardiovascular disease, after developing Nifedipine or increasing the dose, seldom develop chest pain or heart attack can do. Get medical help immediately if you have experience: chest pain, symptoms of heart attack (e.g chest / jaw / left hand pain, shortness of breath, abnormal sweating).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, if you see symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, then seek immediate medical attention, including: grain, itching / swelling (especially the face / tongue / throat), severe dizziness, shortness of breath.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you do not list other effects above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In America – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You can notify the FDA of side effects on 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You can report the health effects of Canada on 1-866-234-2345.
Before taking Nifedipine, tell your doctor or pharmacist whether you are allergic to it; Or if you have any other allergens. This product can have passive elements, which can cause allergic or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
If you have a certain medical condition then this drug should not be used. Before using this drug, consult your doctor or pharmacist: If you have some heart problems (such as heart failure, aortic sclerosis)
Before using Nifedipine, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, in particular: liver problems, kidney problems.
Before surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine.
This medication can make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana can make you feel more dizzy. Unless you can safely do it, do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that requires caution. Limit alcoholic beverages. If you are using marijuana, talk to your doctor.
Older adults may be more susceptible to the side effects of this drug, especially dizziness, constipation, or swelling ankle / leg.
During pregnancy, Nifedipine should be used only when it is clearly necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
See also section of usage
Drug interactions can change how your medicines work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescriptions / non-prescription medicines and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop or change any drug supplements without the approval of your doctor.
Other medicines can affect the removal of Nifedipine from your body, which can affect the way Nifedipine works. Examples include apalutamide, cimetidine, enzalutamide, St. John’s wort, rifamycins (such as rifabutin, rifampin), drugs used to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin).
Some products contain elements that can increase your heart rate or increase your chest pain. Tell your pharmacist what products you are using, and ask how to use them safely (especially cough and cold products, diet aids, or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen / naproxen).
Cimetidine is a nonprescription drug that is usually used to treat excess stomach acids. Because Cimetidine can interact with Nifedipine, so ask about other products to treat extra stomach acids from your pharmacist.
If someone is treated and has serious symptoms like having trouble going out or breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call the Poison Control Center immediately. US residents can call their local venom control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canadians can call a provincial poison control center.
Do not share this medication with others.
Laboratory and / or medical tests (such as blood pressure, liver / kidney test, electrocardiogram) can be used to periodically monitor your progress or examine the side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
If you miss a dose, then as soon as you remember, take it. If it is near the next dose time, then leave the thesis supplement and start your normal dose program again. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Keep it away from light and humidity at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C). Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Until instructed to do so, do not flush the medicines in the toilet and do not drain them. When this period expires or does not need it, then properly release this product. Consult your drug dealer or local waste disposal company to get more information about safely terminating your product.
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