Nifedipine is an externally administered chemical substance that is a member of the group called calcium channel blockers – a class of medications. It is specially formulated with other ingredients to make a drug, and it is sold under a number of brand names such as Adalat, Procardia, etc.
It is used as a medicine for the treatment of various medical disorders. It is used to help manage angina (chest pain), high blood pressure, and Raynaud’s phenomenon. It is also useful in premature labor and controlling severe blood pressure during pregnancy in women to save the mother and the unborn baby.
The medication may also be used for other purposes not mentioned in this guide.
Side effects of Nifedipine:
Side effects are the unpleasant and undesirable effects of a medication, or a medical procedure one takes or undergoes respectively for treatment. Many medicines have side effects. However, they are still widely prescribed and used as they do not cause a threat to every consumer/patient, nor are the side effects rarely produced potentially life-threatening. Moreover, their certain advantages outweigh the uncertain side effects they may cause.
Nifedipine too has some side effects. The side effects produced are not experienced by every consumer, and range from being mild to severe. Usually, these side effects occur at the start of your treatment and perish once the body gets accustomed to the presence of the medications. This often doesn’t take a long span of time. However, these side effects may persist longer than usual and worsen leading to a severe medical disorder. Therefore, it is very crucial to inform your doctor if any of the side effects are experienced and seek medical help promptly to avoid further inconvenience.
Some of the common side effects of Nifedipine that are mild in nature include:
- Moderate dizziness
- Flushing; reddening of the skin, and/or a sensation of being warm
- Mood swings
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle cramps
- Coughing and wheezing
With these, it may also cause some serious side effects as mentioned below:
- worsening of angina
- a light-headed feeling, e., feeling like you might pass out
- fluttering in your chest;
- heavy feeling
- pain spreading to the jaw or/and shoulder
- unusual sweating
- signs and symptoms of general illness
- swelling in your ankles or feet
- pain in the upper stomach
It is important to highlight here that various other side effects that have not been enlisted here may also be experienced. Doctors and/or pharmacists usually let their patients know about the side effects that are likely to be experienced by them at the start of treatment.
For further queries and concerns regarding this, you may consult your doctor and/or a pharmacist in detail.
How to use?
You are directed to read the directions given at the prescription label carefully and follow all the directions with responsibility.
This medication is administered orally. It is usually prescribed to be used a day thrice. However, if your doctor has directed you the, otherwise you are to follow their instructions as doses may vary depending on your condition. Take appropriate and balanced doses. The medicine can be taken with or without food. Do not chew, or crush the tablets; swallow each as a whole.
- Avoid taking fruit grape juice while taking this medicine.
- Do not use it without the consent of medical professionals.
- Do not breastfeed while using it as it may harm the baby.
- Inform your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while taking it.
- It may interact negatively with certain drugs and is not recommended under certain medical conditions. Therefore, give your medical history and names of the medicines, if any, that you use to your doctor as a safety measure.
- Keep it away from children’s reach, heat, and moisture.