Drug: nifedipine

Side effects of nifedipine are generally mild, and reversible. Most side effects are expected consequences of the dilation of the arteries. The most common side effects include:
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Flushing
  • Edema (swelling) of the lower extremities

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Yes

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Capsules: 10 and 20 mg. Tablets: 30, 60, and 90 mg

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Tablets should be stored at room temperature 15 C to 25 C (59 F to 77 F). They should be protected from light, moisture, and humidity.

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  • The usual dose for nifedipine capsules for treating angina is 10 to 20 mg three times daily. Up to 20 to 30 mg every 6-8 hours daily may be required. The dose should not exceed 180 mg daily. For extended release tablets, the usual dose is 30 or 60 mg once daily. The maximum dose is 120 mg daily.
  • Hypertension is treated with 30-60 mg daily using extended release tablets. The maximum dose is 90 mg/day (Adalat CC) or 120 mg/day (Procardia XL).
  • Nifedipine can be taken with or without food.
  • The tablets and capsules should be swallowed whole and not bitten or cut in half.

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There are no adequate studies of nifedipine in pregnant women, and in general, it is avoided during pregnancy.

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Nifedipine is excreted in human breast milk. Generally, nifedipine is avoided in females who are nursing. Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

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