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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have Adalat, Afeditab, Nifediac, or Procardia?

Short Answer

Yes, look for Nifedipine (nye-FED-i-peen).

Long Answer

Nifedipine (Adalat, Afeditab, Nifediac, Procardia) is a calcium-channel blocker. It affects the amount of calcium found in your heart and muscle cells, which results in relaxation of blood vessels and can reduce the amount of work the heart has to do. Nifedipine reduces attacks of chest pain (angina), and may help reduce high blood pressure (hypertension).

Other Uses

Off-label uses of Nifedipine include treatment of Raynaud's phenomenon (reduced blood flow in the fingers and toes as a result of cold or stress), suppression of preterm labour, and for chronic anal fissures when used in a topical form.

Interactions

Check with your doctor if you are going to take Nifedipine and:

  • grapefruit juice
  • alcohol
  • anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen)
  • barbiturates such as phenobarbital
  • bosentan
  • calcium salts (intravenous)
  • cimetidine
  • cyclosporine
  • female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills
  • herbal or dietary supplements such as gingko biloba, ginseng, hawthorn, ma huang (ephedra), melatonin, St. John's wort, went yeast
  • imatinib, STI-571
  • local anesthetics or general anesthetics
  • magnesium salts (intravenous)
  • medicines for fungal infections (fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole)
  • medicines for high blood pressure
  • medicines for HIV infection or AIDS
  • medicines for prostate problems
  • medicines for seizures (carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone)
  • metformin
  • rifampin, rifapentine, or rifabutin
  • some antibiotics (clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin, troleandomycin)
  • some medicines for heart-rhythm problems (amiodarone, digoxin, diltiazem, disopyramide, flecainide, quinidine, verapamil)
  • some medicines for depression or mental problems (fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, nefazodone)
  • tacrolimus
  • vincristine
  • warfarin
  • water pills (diuretics)
  • yohimbine
  • zafirlukast
  • zileuton

Related Terms

  • Adelat
  • Apo-Nifed
  • ApoNifed
  • Corotrend
  • Nifedipres
  • Novo-Nifedin
  • Nu-Nifed
  • Procardea

Additional Information

Nifedipine (Drugs.com)
Drugs.com provides dosing information, side effects, and advanced reading for Nifedipine.
Nifedipine (Wikipedia.org)
Wikipedia has an overview of Nifedipine including approved and off-label uses.
Nifedipine (Patient.co.uk)
Patient.co.uk lists cautions, considerations before taking Nifedipine, how to get the most from treatment, and related information.
Nifedipine (nlm.nih.gov)
MedlinePlus discusses how to take the medication, precautions, side effects, and symptoms of an overdose.
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