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.
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Nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing your heart rate and relaxing your blood vessels. Your heart gets more oxygen and doesn't have to work as hard to pump, which can relieve chest pain.
› Reports of liver damage have occurred while on this medication, especially if you have had cirrhosis. Your doctor will monitor your liver on a regular basis. Tell your doctor if you or your caregivers/family notice your skin or the whites of your eyes are becoming yellower, pain in your abdomen, or sudden confusion.
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Upsides and benefits
› 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 and risks
› 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Can cause dizziness or headaches in the first few days.
› Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
› Can cause face flushing and ankle or foot swelling.
› Avoid grapefruit while taking this medicine.
› Your doctor might do routine blood tests to check your liver function.