Nifedipine

(nye-FED-i-peen) 

Nifedipine (Procardia®, Procardia XL®, Adalat® CC) is one drug in a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It may be used to treat high blood pressure, chest pain or angina, or other conditions affecting the heart. It may also be used to treat pulmonary hypertension, Raynaud's disease, or migraine headache. It is available as a liquid filled capsule, or extended release tablet.

  • Give only as directed. Do not stop giving this medicine to your child unless the doctor tells you to stop.
  • There are many drug interactions with this medication. Do not give any other medicines, prescription or over-the counter (OTC), without first talking to your child's doctor.  
  • Avoid giving your child grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine. 
  • The capsule can be chewed or swallowed whole.
  • The extended release tablet needs to be swallowed whole. Do not chew, break or crush the extended release tablet.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle / package.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.  
  • If too much medicine is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) at 513-636-5111, or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and / or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Flushed skin
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of hands or feet
  • Extreme dizziness or fainting 
  • Nausea or vomiting

Last Updated 12/2013