Nifedipine belongs to a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels, so the heart doesn't have to pump as hard. It controls chest pain by increasing blood flow and oxygen flow to the heart.
Nifedipine is used to treat high blood pressure (high blood pressure) and angina pectoris [ Angina is a type of chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease. Angina is also called angina pectoris. Angina pain is often described as squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in the chest. ]
Nifedipine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Nifedipine is available as capsules and as extended-release (long-acting) tablets for oral use. Capsules are usually taken 3 to 4 times daily. The extended-release tablet should be taken on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after his meal, once daily. Take your nifedipine at about the same time each day so you don't forget to take it. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to clarify any areas you do not understand. Take nifedipine as directed. Do not take more or less, or more often than directed by your doctor.
Common side effects include:
- slight dizziness
- flushing of the skin (heating, redness, tingling)
- weakness, headaches, mood swings
- heartburn, nausea
- shivering, muscle spasms
- Cough, wheezing, sore throat, stuffy nose.
Some side effects can be serious:
- swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, hands, arms, feet, ankles, or lower extremities
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Increased frequency or severity of chest pain
Please consult your doctor/physician/specialist before taking any healthcare products. In case of allergic reaction to the medicines/substance, please take immediate medical help.