Nifedipine is a drug given in conditions like hypertension and angina pectoris. It belongs to the class of calcium channel blocker and is widely employed in heart diseases like angina pectoris and arrhythmias. It works by relaxing heart muscles and blood vessels. Nifedipine decreases the work load of heart blood vessels.
Understating the ailments it is used for:
Nifedipine is given in heart related problems like hypertension, angina pectoris and cardiac arrhythmia that make the person prone to serious cardiovascular diseases like heart failure, heart attack and angina pectoris.
Understanding the drug Nifedipine:
How it works?
Nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker and is given in almost every heart related problems.
Nifedipine blocks the calcium release from calcium channels. This blockage relaxes the blood vessels which ease the blood circulation. This all results in lower blood pressure and improves the efficiency of the heart. It lowers the heart load so is given in Angina pectoris also.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Nifedipine if you:
- Have allergy to Nifedipine
- Have kidney disease
- Are having liver disorder like cirrhosis
- Have slow digestion
- are hypothyroidism
- are a diabetic patient
- have coronary artery disease
- have congestive heart failure
How much to take?
Always take the dose as prescribed by the physician. It is very important to consume medicine timely. The general recommended dose starts from 30 mg and can be increased to 60 mg depending upon the patient’s condition and demand. With time, dose adjustments are generally done according to the response of the patient.
What are the strengths available?
Nifedipine tablets contain the following six strength combinations on the website:
Depin 5 mg
Nifelat 10 mg
Nicardia 20 mg
Nicardia CD 30 mg
Adalat chrono 30 mg
Adalat chrono 60 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Depin is manufactured by Cipla pharmaceuticals ltd, a pharmaceutical giant. It is available on our websites in the pack of 30 tablets.
Nifelat is manufactured by Cipla pharmaceuticals ltd, a pharmaceutical giant. It is available on our website in the pack of 30 tablets.
Nicardia is manufactured by JB Chemicals Pharmaceuticals Ltd. It is available on our website in the pack of 30 tablets.
Adalat Chrono is manufactured by Bayer healthcare, a pharmaceutical giant. It is available on our website in the pack of 40 extended release tablets
How to take?
You must swallow the whole tablet with one glass full of water. Do not crush or chew it. Swallow the extended release tablets whole.
When to take?
Single dose of Nifedipine can be taken once in a day or divided dose can be taken twice a day. It can be taken with or without food a day. It is best to take it at the same time daily because it shows best results and helps to remember when to take the drug.
For how long should it be taken?
It is important to take the drug as instructed by your doctor. Abrupt discontinuation of medicine can cause adverse reactions. So before stopping the drug intake, always consult physician first.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
You may need urgent medical attention if you experience below mentioned symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Swelling of hands and feet
What if you miss the dose?
Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose then skip the dose and take your next dose on the correct time. Do not double up the dose to compensate for the missed one.
What are the side effects?
All medicines have their side effects, sometimes they are serious but most of the times they are not. Common side effects are mentioned below:
- Blurred vision
Serious side effects which need medical attention are as follows:
- Breathing difficulties
- Skin rashes
- Yellowing of skin and eyes
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Nifedipine. Drugs listed below may interact with Nifedipine and can hinder its normal functioning:
- NSAIDs like Diclofenac, Cambia and Indomethacin
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Keep the medicine in a close tight container and out of reach of children
- Don’t use the expired medicine
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- Limit the intake of alcohol beverages and avoid activity that requires alertness
- Monitor your blood pressure levels regularly
- To reduce dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position
- Don’t exceed the recommended dose