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Procardia generically known as Nifedipine is a medication that is primarily used to treat chest pain (angina) and high blood pressure (hypertension). It belongs to a class of drugs known as calcium channel blockers. Nifedipine works by relaxing blood vessels and improving blood flow. Procardia can also be used to treat pulmonary hypertension.
Procardia is used for treating chronic stable angina and hypertension; it also has off-label indications. By using this resource, healthcare providers will be equipped to direct patient therapy successfully when nifedipine is deemed a suitable treatment option.
Uses and Dosage
Nifedipine should be taken usually 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. It is usually taken by mouth, and it may be taken with or without food. Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release nifedipine tablet.
The recommended dosages of Nifedipine can vary depending on the individual's medical condition and response to the medication. However, here are some general dosages based on the provided search results:
Therapy should be initiated with the 10 mg capsule. The starting dose is one 10 mg capsule, swallowed whole, 3 times/day. The usual effective dose range is 10–20 mg three times daily. In such patients, doses of 20 – 30 mg three or four times daily may be effective. Doses above 120 mg daily are rarely necessary. More than 180 mg per day is not recommended.
Common Side Effects of Procardia (Nifedipine):
- Feeling weak or tired
- Flushing (warmth. Redness or tingly feeling)
Serious Side Effects of Procardia (Nifedipine):
- Burning eyes
- Fluttering in your chest
- Pounding heartbeats
- Red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling
- Skin pain
- Sore throat
- Swelling in your hands or legs
- Upper stomach pain
- Worsening chest pain
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
Form and Strength
Procardia (Nifedipine) is available in the following forms and strengths:
- Do not use Procardia if your heart cannot pump blood properly, or if you also take rifampin. It is important to discuss all your current medications and any underlying health conditions with your healthcare provider before starting Procardia or any other medication.
- Tell your doctor about all your current medications and any you start or stop using, as Procardia can interact with other drugs, and some should not be used together.
- Procardia may cause dizziness as a side effect. As a result, individuals taking this medication should not drive, use machinery, or engage in activities that require alertness until they know how the medication affects them.
- Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can increase dizziness and should be limited while taking Procardia. If an individual is using marijuana, they should talk to their doctor about the potential interactions with Procardia and whether they should continue to use or make any changes to their treatment.
- You should not use Procardia if you are allergic to nifedipine (the active ingredient in Procardia) or any other ingredients in the medication.
- Grapefruit or grapefruit juice can affect the absorption and metabolism of calcium channel blockers, potentially increasing their levels in the blood and leading to side effects.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are some other medications that are similar to nifedipine, and how do they work?
Other medications that are similar to nifedipine include nicardipine, nimodipine, and amlodipine. All these medications are calcium channel blockers that work by blocking calcium from entering certain cells, which can help relax arteries and reduce blood pressure.
Why do different people have different responses to nifedipine and other hypertensive agents?
The effectiveness and side effects of hypertensive agents such as nifedipine can depend on a variety of factors, including the individual's age, health status, and other medications they may be taking. Talk to your doctor to determine the best treatment plan for each person.
Can nifedipine be used during pregnancy to treat hypertension?
Nifedipine is generally considered safe to take during pregnancy, but it is important to consult with your doctor before taking it.
Can Nifedipine interact with other medications?
Yes, Nifedipine can interact with other medications such as beta-blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, and diuretics.
It's important to purchase Procardia from verified Canadian pharmacy.