Compare Calan vs. Nifedipine

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Calan (Verapamil)

Prescription only

Procardia (Nifedipine)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.

Verapamil works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding alcohol. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

2.9/ 5 average rating with 43 reviewsforCalan
Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.

Nifedipine works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding grapefruit. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

2.8/ 5 average rating with 26 reviewsforNifedipine
Upsides
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure.
  • You can take it alone or with other medicines to help lower blood pressure.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly.
  • Treats certain abnormal heart rhythms.
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure.
  • You can take it alone or with other medicines to help lower blood pressure.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly.
  • Treats certain abnormal heart rhythms.
Downsides
  • Calcium channel blockers can cause swelling in your limbs. If this happens for you, it probably won't get better over time, so talk to your doctor about alternatives if it bothers you.
  • Women are more likely to have side effects (especially swelling) from Verapamil than men.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Verapamil suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Not a good medication for you if you drink alcohol.
  • Calcium channel blockers can cause swelling in your limbs. If this happens for you, it probably won't get better over time, so talk to your doctor about alternatives if it bothers you.
  • Women are more likely to have side effects (especially swelling) from Nifedipine than men.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Nifedipine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Not a good medication for you if you love grapefruit. It can make Nifedipine have a stronger effect on your blood pressure.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Delayed release capsule
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Price
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Reviews
43 reviews so far
35%
saidit'sworth it
33%
saiditworked well
21%
saidit'sa big hassle

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26 reviews so far
42%
saidit'sworth it
31%
saiditworked well
46%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Constipation
    7%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Dizziness
    4%
  • Lethargy
    3%
  • Dyspepsia
    3%
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11possible side effects
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, giddiness
    27%
  • Flushing
    25%
  • Headache
    23%
  • Weakness
    12%
  • Nausea, heartburn
    11%
  • Muscle cramps, tremor
    8%
  • Peripheral edema
    7%
  • Nervousness, mood changes
    7%
  • Palpitation
    7%
  • Dyspnea, cough, wheezing
    6%
  • Nasal congestion, sore throat
    6%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Heart failure
    • Severe left ventricular dysfunction (ejection fraction <30%)
    • Taking beta-blockers
  • Low blood pressure
  • Elevated liver enzymes
    • History of liver disease
  • Heart rhythm problems
    • History of kidney disease
    • History of liver disease
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  • Intestinal blockage
    • Taking anti-inflammatories, acid reducers in the stomach, anticholinergics, laxatives, levothyroxine
    • History of intestinal surgery
  • Chest pain
    • Taking beta-blockers
    • Severe coronary artery disease.
  • Liver damage/jaundice
    • History of cirrhosis
  • Low blood pressure
  • Congestive heart failure
    • History of tight aortic stenosis
    • Taking beta-blockers
  • Heart attack or increased chest pain
    • Obstructive coronary artery disease
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