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Nifedipine Topical

INFORMATION

Uses

Nifedipine Topical is used in the treatment of anal fissure.

How it works

Nifedipine Topical works in anal fissure by blocking the action of calcium on blood vessels of anus. As a result, blood vessels are relaxed which allows fissure (tear) to heal and relieves pain.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Nervousness, Allergic reaction, Itching, Dizziness, Headache, Lightheadedness

AVAILABLE MEDICINE

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Expert advice

  • Notify your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant.
  • Nifedipine Topical can cause swelling in the ankle or feet. Notify your doctor if it bothers you.
  • The missing dose of the Nifedipine Topical can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. You can take the medicine at the same time every day to avoid forgetting it.
  • You may get a headache that lasts for a short time, after starting Nifedipine Topical. This should become less noticeable after a few days.
     
  • Nifedipine Topical may cause dizziness in the first few days of starting the treatment.
  • Your doctor may recommend a change in the lifestyle to lower your blood pressure. It may include: 
    • Consume fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and reduce saturated-total fat.
    • Reduce daily dietary sodium intake as much as possible, ideally to 65 mmol/day (1.5 g/day sodium or 3.8 g/day sodium chloride).
    • Regular aerobic physical activity (at least 30 minutes/day, most days of the week).
     
  • Swelling, bleeding or tenderness of gums may occur after starting the treatment. Brushing and flossing of teeth carefully and regularly may prevent this.

Frequently asked questions

Nifedipine Topical

Q.Is nifedipine topical a nitrate/beta-blocker/ACE inhibitor/tocolytic?
No. Nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker

Q.Does nifedipine cause migraine/constipation/insomnia/bradycardia/cough/weight gain/urination/changes in heart rate?
Nifedipine topical may cause migraine, flushing, dizziness, nervousness, nausea, and vomiting. There is no evidence of nifedipine causing cough or weight changes. If you notice such symptoms, please consult your doctor.


Content on this page was last updated on 05 December, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)