What is Nifedipine Retard 20mg Tablets used for?
Nifedipine Retard 20mg Tablets is used to treat angina, high blood pressure, and abnormal heart rhythms. It belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. It blocks the flow of calcium into the muscle cells of the arteries, which relaxes them. This lowers the blood pressure and improves supply of the blood and oxygen to the heart, thus preventing angina attacks. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Nifedipine Retard 20mg Tablets?
Like other medicines, Nifedipine Retard 20mg Tablets can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Nifedipine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Nifedipine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Nifedipine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Nifedipine can cause side effects such as flushing, dizziness, weakness, constipation, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Nifedipine.
What is the recommended dosage of Nifedipine?
The dosage of Nifedipine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
What if you miss a dose of Nifedipine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Nifedipine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Nifedipine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Nifedipine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Nifedipine Retard 20mg Tablets?
- St John’s wort
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Nifedipine.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Nifedipine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Nifedipine can interact with azole antifungals, beta-blockers, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and cardiovascular drugs. Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice unless instructed by your doctor.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Nifedipine Retard 20mg Tablet?
Is it possible for me to take Nifedipine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Nifedipine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Nifedipine?
How will Nifedipine work in my body?
How should Nifedipine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Nifedipine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Nifedipine should be used with caution in people with diabetes or very low blood pressure, and elderly people. This medicine is not recommended during pregnancy and breast-feeding. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Nifedipine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.