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Generic: NIFEdipine
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It affects the amount of calcium found in your heart and muscle cells
               



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What is this medicine?

NIFEDIPINE (nye FED i peen) is a calcium- channel blocker. It affects the amount of calcium found in your heart and muscle cells. This relaxes your blood vessels, which can reduce the amount of work the heart has to do. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain caused by angina.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • heart problems, low blood pressure, slow or irregular heartbeat
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • previous heart attack
  • stomach or intestine problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to nifedipine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not cut, crush or chew. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often then directed. Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose will be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
  • rifabutin
  • rifampin
  • rifapentine
  • St. John's Wort

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
  • certain medicines for blood pressure
  • certain medicines for diabetes
  • certain medicines for erectile dysfunction
  • certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole, fluconazole, and itraconazole
  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like flecainide and quinidine
  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
  • clarithromycin
  • digoxin
  • dolasetron
  • erythromycin
  • fluoxetine
  • grapefruit juice
  • local or general anesthetics
  • nefazodone
  • orlistat
  • quinupristin; dalfopristin
  • sirolimus
  • stomach acid blockers like cimetidine, ranitidine, omeprazole, or pantoprazole
  • tacrolimus
  • valproic acid

               
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