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    Nifedipine

    Information about Nifedipine

    Nifedipine uses

    Nifedipine is used in the treatment of hypertension and chest pain (Angina).

    How nifedipine works

    Nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker. It blocks the action of calcium on the heart and blood vessels. This lowers the blood pressure, abnormally fast heartbeat and reduces strain on the heart following a heart attack.

    Common side effects of nifedipine

    Fatigue, Ankle swelling, Sleepiness, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Headache, Nausea, Dizziness, Palpitations, Edema, Abdominal pain

    Available Medicine for Nifedipine

    • ₹36
      J B Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd
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    • ₹9 to ₹100
      J B Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd
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      Zydus Cadila
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      Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd
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      Sunij Pharma Pvt Ltd
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      Abbott
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      Lincoln Pharmaceuticals Ltd
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      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
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      Zydus Cadila
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    • ₹9 to ₹31
      Merck Ltd
      4 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Nifedipine

    • It is very common to have dizziness, lightheadedness, swelling ankles/feet, flushing, or a headache as a side effect.
    • To lower your risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
    • Inform your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if it worsens (for example, your blood pressure readings remain high or increase, chest pain continues or worsens). 
    • Inform your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat, fainting.
    • Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
    • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose.

    Frequently asked questions for Nifedipine

    Nifedipine

    Q. Is Nifedipine safe?
    Nifedipine is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor
    Q. Is Nifedipine a nitrate/beta-blocker/ACE inhibitor/tocolytic?
    No. Nifedipine is not a nitrate, beta-blocker, or an ACE inhibitor. It is a calcium channel blocker.
    Q. Does Nifedipine cause dry mouth?
    Nifedipine can cause dry mouth as an uncommon side effect. Please consult your doctor if experience dry mouth after taking Nifedipine.
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    Q. Is Nifedipine a diuretic?
    Nifedipine is not a diuretic. Nifedipine belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers or calcium antagonists and is used to treat high blood pressure, angina (chest pain) or a condition called Raynaud’s phenomenon which causes discolouration (often whitening) of the fingers and toes.
    Q. Is Nifedipine a calcium channel blocker?
    Nifedipine belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers or calcium antagonists and is used to treat high blood pressure, angina (chest pain) or a condition called Raynaud’s phenomenon which causes discolouration (often whitening) of the fingers and toes.
    Q. Is Nifedipine a blood thinner?
    Nifedipine is not a blood thinner. Nifedipine belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers or calcium antagonists and is used to treat high blood pressure, angina (chest pain) or a condition called Raynaud’s phenomenon which causes discolouration (often whitening) of the fingers and toes.
    Q. Can I take ibuprofen with Nifedipine ?
    Nifedipine can be taken with ibuprofen. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Nifedipine with pseudoephedrine?
    Nifedipine can be taken with pseudoephedrine. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Nifedipine with naproxen?
    Nifedipine can be taken with naproxen. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Does Nifedipine cause hair loss?
    Nifedipine does not cause hair loss. Please consult your doctor if you experience hair loss after taking Nifedipine as it requires proper diagnosis and treatment.
    Q. Does Nifedipine make you tired?
    Nifedipine may make you feel dizzy, faint, extremely tired or have visual disturbances. Do not drive or operate machinery if you are affected in this way. This may be more likely when you first start treatment, if you change tablets, or if you have drunk alcohol.
    Q. Does Nifedipine cause tachycardia?
    Nifedipine can cause tachycardia (increase the heart rate) as an uncommon side effect. Please consult your doctor if you experience palpitations (noticeably rapid, strong, or irregular heartbeat) after taking Nifedipine.
    Q. Does Nifedipine expire?
    Yes, Nifedipine does expire. All the medicines come with an expiry date mentioned on the pack. You must check the expiry date before using any medicine.
    Q. Is Nifedipine an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitor?
    Nifedipine is not an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. Nifedipine belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers or calcium antagonists and is used to treat high blood pressure, angina (chest pain) or a condition called Raynaud’s phenomenon which causes discolouration (often whitening) of the fingers and toes.
    Q. Is Nifedipine a beta blocker?
    Nifedipine is not a beta blocker. Nifedipine belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers or calcium antagonists and is used to treat high blood pressure, angina (chest pain) or a condition called Raynaud’s phenomenon which causes discolouration (often whitening) of the fingers and toes.<br>
    Q. Is Nifedipine the same as amlodipine?
    Nifedipine and amlodipine are two different drugs which belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers or calcium antagonists.
    Q. Can I take paracetamol with Nifedipine ?
    Nifedipine can be taken with paracetamol. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take aspirin with Nifedipine?
    Nifedipine can be taken with aspirin. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take sildenafil with Nifedipine ?
    Nifedipine may increase the level or effect of sildenafil by affecting its metabolism. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Content on this page was last updated on 25 August, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)