Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking nifedipine.
If your condition does not improve or becomes worse, then call your doctor.
Indications and Usage
It is an antihypertensive medication which is used to prevent strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems. Nifedipine is also used in the treatment of chest pain (angina pectoris). It helps in decreasing the frequencies of chest pain attacks.
It also works as a calcium channel blocker which widens and relaxes the smooth heart muscles and eventually helps in lowering the blood pressure.
Do not take nifedipine tablets if:
- You are allergic to ingredients in the medication or have any other allergies;
- You have certain heart problems such as congestive heart failure or aortic stenosis;
- You had a medical history of liver problems and kidney problems.
Use of nifedipine during pregnancy or breastfeeding is not recommended. Nifedipine is excreted into human milk and is risky for the health of nursing infant. Consult with a doctor and according to the illness situation a decision should be made to stop nursing or to stop taking the drug.
Do not get up or stand up too fast, you might feel dizzy. The tablets should be swallowed whole and should not be divided, crushed or chewed.
Driving or operating machinery should be avoided, as it may cause dizziness.
Consult your doctor or health care professional before taking nifedipine.
Administration and Dosage
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed the advisable dosage. Usual dose for adults is: 30 to 60mg orally once a day. Usual does for children is: 0.25 to 0.5mg/kg/day in 1 or 2 divided doses.
Dolasetron, pimozide, itraconazole, cisapride, tizanidine and venetoclax are the six major medications that are known to interact with nifedipine.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with nifedipine and may cause unwanted side effects.
Consult with your doctor about any medications you are taking, before your treatment with nifedipine.
Symptoms of overdose include trouble breathing and passing out. These symptoms have to be reported to the medical health professional. Seek medical help urgently.
No adverse reactions have been reported.