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|Adalat® CC; Procardia®; Procardia
|Foreign Brand Names|
|Adalat® Oros (Mexico); Adalat® PA (Canada); Adalat® Retard (Mexico); Apo-Nifed® (Canada); Corogal (Mexico); Corotrend (Mexico); Corotrend Retard (Mexico); Gen-Nifedipine (Canada); Nifedipres (Mexico); Noviken-N (Mexico); Novo-Nifedin (Canada); Nu-Nifedin®
Calcium Channel Blocker|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to nifedipine or any other part of the
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used for the treatment of high blood pressure
(sustained-release only) and/or chest pain from the heart. This is called
- It can also be used to prevent migraine headaches, pulmonary
hypertension, or to treat Raynaud's
|How does it work?|
- Nifedipine blocks certain channels in blood vessels that cause
relaxation. This results in a lowering of blood pressure and an increased blood
flow to the heart, resulting in less chest
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an
- Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
- Swallow sustained-release tablets/capsules whole. Do not chew, break,
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
- Do not change dose or stop taking medicine without talking with
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Wear disease medical alert identification for heart disease.
- Limit alcohol intake (includes wine, beer, and liquor). Can increase
- An empty tablet may appear in stool. This is normal.
- Do not use over-the-counter products that increase blood pressure.
These include cough or cold remedies, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like
products, and certain herbs or supplements. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Lightheaded. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities that
require you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects you.
- Dizziness is common. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or
lying position. Be careful climbing stairs.
- Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.
- Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing
diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.
- Swelling of legs.
- Nausea. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy,
or chewing gum may help.
|What should I monitor?|
- Check blood pressure regularly.
- Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare
provider. If medicine is for high blood pressure (low salt).
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Severe headache.
- Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
- Chest pains, fast heartbeats, shortness of breath, or decreased
ability to walk.
- Any rash.
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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