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(Nifedipine)

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These medications are comparable to Procardia (Nifedipine) or used for similar purposes.

Procardia
(Nifedipine)

Plendil
(Felodipine)

Lopressor
(Metoprolol Tartrate)

Minipress
(Prazosin)

Coreg
(Carvedilol)

Norvasc
(Amlodipine)

Microzide
(Hydrochlorothiazide )

Zestoretic
(Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide)

Zestril
(Lisinopril)

Diovan
(Valsartan)

Catapres
(Clonidine)

Calan
(Verapamil)

Cardizem
(Diltiazem)

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.Lowers blood pressure. Plendil (Felodipine) works well to lower blood pressure, but it may cause swelling in your arms and legs at higher doses.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack. You have to take it with food, and you can't miss doses.Lowers blood pressure and makes it easier to urinate. Prazosin is used mostly to make urination easier for men with an enlarged prostate, but it can cause dizziness.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Coreg (Carvedilol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack. You have to take it with food, and you can't miss doses.Lowers blood pressure. Norvasc (Amlodipine) works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.Lowers blood pressure. Removes extra water from your body. Microzide (Hydrochlorothiazide (Hctz)) is a well-tolerated water pill that's often the first-choice treatment for mild high blood pressure.Lowers blood pressure. Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide is a good 2-in-1 blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.Lowers blood pressure. Zestril (Lisinopril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.Lowers blood pressure. Diovan (Valsartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.Lowers blood pressure. Catapres (Clonidine) is a good addition if you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure, but it has a lot of side effects. You can't miss doses.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.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Diltiazem 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.
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Have you used Plendil (Felodipine)?
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Reviews for Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate)
62%
+20% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
47%
+16% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
15%
+31% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
464 reviews
Have you used Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Minipress (Prazosin)
46%
+4% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
29%
-2% worse vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
15%
+31% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
Have you used Minipress (Prazosin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Coreg (Carvedilol)
53%
+11% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
46%
+15% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
18%
+28% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
406 reviews
Have you used Coreg (Carvedilol)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Norvasc (Amlodipine)
58%
+16% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
50%
+19% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
15%
+31% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
443 reviews
Have you used Norvasc (Amlodipine)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Microzide (Hydrochlorothiazide (Hctz))
47%
+5% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
31%
Same vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
16%
+30% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
139 reviews
Have you used Microzide (Hydrochlorothiazide (Hctz))?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide)
51%
+9% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
40%
+9% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
17%
+29% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
294 reviews
Have you used Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Zestril (Lisinopril)
61%
+19% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
51%
+20% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
14%
+32% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
687 reviews
Have you used Zestril (Lisinopril)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Diovan (Valsartan)
65%
+23% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
54%
+23% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
15%
+31% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
431 reviews
Have you used Diovan (Valsartan)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Catapres (Clonidine)
42%
Same vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
33%
+2% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
35%
+11% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
Have you used Catapres (Clonidine)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Calan (Verapamil)
35%
-7% worse vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
33%
+2% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
21%
+25% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
Have you used Calan (Verapamil)?
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Reviews for Cardizem (Diltiazem)
52%
+10% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
49%
+18% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
16%
+30% better vs. Procardia (Nifedipine)
105 reviews
Have you used Cardizem (Diltiazem)?
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Side effects
NifedipinePlendilLopressorPrazosinCoregNorvascHydrochlorothiazideZestoreticLisinoprilDiovanCatapresCalanDiltiazem
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, giddiness 12%
  • Flushing 17%
  • Headache 3%
  • Weakness 2%
  • Nausea, heartburn 3%
  • Muscle cramps, tremor 5%
  • Leg or ankle swelling 6%
  • Nervousness, mood changes 3%
  • Heart pounding or racing sensation 2%
  • Dyspnea, cough, wheezing 3%
More Nifedipine side effects »
  • Headache 1%
  • Flushing 3%
  • Upset stomach 3%
  • Weakness 1%
  • Colds or flu 2%
  • Runny nose 2%
  • Sneezing 2%
  • Rash 1%
More Plendil side effects »
  • Tiredness 10%
  • Dizziness 10%
  • Low mood disorder 5%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Itching 5%
  • Shortness of breath 3%
  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 3%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
More Lopressor side effects »
  • Dizziness 10%
  • Headache 8%
  • Drowsiness 8%
  • Lack of energy 7%
  • Weakness 7%
  • Heart pounding or racing sensation 5%
  • Nausea 5%
More Prazosin side effects »
  • Dizziness 13%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • High blood sugar 4%
  • Diarrhea 6%
  • Weight increase 3%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 8%
  • Low blood pressure 6%
  • Headache 1%
More Coreg side effects »
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 2%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Heart pounding or racing sensation 5%
  • Flushing 3%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Abdominal pain 2%
  • Drowsiness 2%
More Norvasc side effects »

The Hydrochlorothiazide FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Hydrochlorothiazide side effects »
  • Dizziness 6%
  • Headache 3%
  • Cough 3%
  • Fatigue 3%
  • Orthostatic effects 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Upper respiratory infection 2%
  • Muscle cramps 2%
  • Muscle weakness 1%
More Zestoretic side effects »
  • Headache 4%
  • Dizziness 3%
  • Cough 3%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Infection 2%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
  • Chest pain 2%
More Lisinopril side effects »
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Cough 1%
  • Viral infection 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Low blood pressure 5%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Joint pain 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Dizziness, postural 1%
More Diovan side effects »
  • Redness/itching / pruritis 26%
  • Dry mouth 25%
  • Drowsiness 12%
  • Skin blistering 7%
  • Fatigue 6%
  • Headache 5%
  • Skin or nail darkening 5%
  • Allergic contact sensitization 5%
  • Burning 3%
  • Lack of energy 3%
More Catapres side effects »
  • Constipation 7%
  • Dizziness 3%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Low blood pressure 3%
  • Headache 2%
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 2%
  • Chf and pulmonary edema 2%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Lack of energy 3%
  • Indigestion 3%
More Calan side effects »
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 5%
  • Headache 5%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Muscle weakness 3%
  • First degree av block 2%
  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 2%
More Diltiazem side effects »
How it works
NifedipinePlendilLopressorPrazosinCoregNorvascHydrochlorothiazideZestoreticLisinoprilDiovanCatapresCalanDiltiazem
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.Plendil (Felodipine) is a calcium channel blocker. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing heart tissue and lowering pressure in blood vessels, which causes your blood pressure to go down.Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) is a beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.Prazosin is a selective alpha blocker. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels. It also relaxes the urethra and prostate, which makes it easier to urinate.Coreg (Carvedilol) is an alpha and beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.Norvasc (Amlodipine) 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.Microzide (Hydrochlorothiazide (Hctz)) is a thiazide diuretic (water pill). It works in the kidneys to make you urinate more, which removes extra water and certain electrolytes. This lowers blood pressure and swelling.Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide is a combination medicine. Lisinopril (an ACE inhibitor) lowers blood pressure by making blood vessels relax. Hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic or water pill) lowers blood pressure and swelling by removing extra fluid from your body.Zestril (Lisinopril) is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.Diovan (Valsartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.Catapres (Clonidine) is an alpha-2 agonist. It works in the brain to tell your blood vessels to relax, and it lowers the activity of certain stress hormones. This lowers blood pressure.Verapamil 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.Diltiazem 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.
Type of medication
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NifedipinePlendilLopressorPrazosinCoregNorvascHydrochlorothiazideZestoreticLisinoprilDiovanCatapresCalanDiltiazem
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Patch
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Delayed release capsule
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
Used for
NifedipinePlendilLopressorPrazosinCoregNorvascHydrochlorothiazideZestoreticLisinoprilDiovanCatapresCalanDiltiazem
Risk factors for serious side effects
NifedipinePlendilLopressorPrazosinCoregNorvascHydrochlorothiazideZestoreticLisinoprilDiovanCatapresCalanDiltiazem
  • Taking anti-inflammatories, acid reducers in the stomach, anticholinergics, laxatives, levothyroxine
  • History of intestinal surgery
  • Taking beta-blockers
  • Severe coronary artery disease.
  • History of cirrhosis
    • History of tight aortic stenosis
    • Taking beta-blockers
    • Obstructive coronary artery disease
    Detailed Procardia (Nifedipine) risks & warnings »
    • Over age 65
    • Taking in combination with a beta-blocker
    • Liver disease
    • Over age 65
    • History of heart failure
    • History of kidney disease
    Detailed Plendil (Felodipine) risks & warnings »
    • Diabetes
      • Coronary artery disease
      • Heart failure
      • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
      • History of asthma
      Detailed Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) risks & warnings »
      • Age 65 years or older
      Detailed Minipress (Prazosin) risks & warnings »
      • Abrupt discontinuation of Coreg (Carvedilol)
          • Congestive heart failure
          • Increasing the dose of Coreg (Carvedilol)
          • Diabetes
          • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
            Detailed Coreg (Carvedilol) risks & warnings »
            • Age 65 years or older
            • History of heart problems
            • Liver disease
            • History of blood vessel disease
            • History of heart failure
            • History of kidney disease
            • Obesity
            Detailed Norvasc (Amlodipine) risks & warnings »
            • Current electrolyte imbalance
            • History of sulfa allergies
            • History of gout
            • Current kidney problems
              Detailed Microzide (Hydrochlorothiazide (Hctz)) risks & warnings »
              • Women of childbearing age
              • African descent
              • People requiring high flux dialysis
              • History of kidney disease
              • Current kidney problems
              • Medicine that increase potassium
              • Use of salt substitute
                Detailed Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide) risks & warnings »
                • Women of childbearing age
                  • African descent
                  • Current kidney problems
                  • Medicine that increase potassium
                  • Use of salt substitute
                  Detailed Zestril (Lisinopril) risks & warnings »
                  • Women of childbearing age
                  • African descent
                  • Current kidney problems
                  • Medicine that increase potassium
                  • Use of salt substitute
                  Detailed Diovan (Valsartan) risks & warnings »
                  • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
                  • Taking with alcohol
                  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
                  • Age 65 years or older
                  • Using other medicine(s) that slows the heart
                  Detailed Catapres (Clonidine) risks & warnings »
                  • Severe left ventricular dysfunction (ejection fraction <30%)
                  • Taking beta-blockers
                    • History of liver disease
                    • History of kidney disease
                    • History of liver disease
                    Detailed Calan (Verapamil) risks & warnings »
                      • Taking digoxin or beta-blockers at the same time
                      • History of liver disease
                      Detailed Cardizem (Diltiazem) risks & warnings »
                      Pregnancy

                      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                      Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

                      Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                      Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                      Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                      Interactions
                      NifedipinePlendilLopressorPrazosinCoregNorvascHydrochlorothiazideZestoreticLisinoprilDiovanCatapresCalanDiltiazem
                      No interactions related info.No interactions related info.No interactions related info.No interactions related info.No interactions related info.
                      • Interacts with the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin.
                      No interactions related info.No interactions related info.No interactions related info.No interactions related info.No interactions related info.
                      • Interacts with grapefruit and the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin.
                      • Interacts with the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin.
                      Alcohol
                      NifedipinePlendilLopressorPrazosinCoregNorvascHydrochlorothiazideZestoreticLisinoprilDiovanCatapresCalanDiltiazem
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                      • Not a good medication for you if you drink alcohol.
                      • Don't drink too much alcohol while taking this medicine.
                      • Not a good medication for you if you drink alcohol.
                      Food
                      NifedipinePlendilLopressorPrazosinCoregNorvascHydrochlorothiazideZestoreticLisinoprilDiovanCatapresCalanDiltiazem
                      No food related info.
                      • Plendil (Felodipine) can be taken without food or with a light low fat meal.
                      • Take it with food.
                      • Take with food or at bedtime to avoid side effects.
                      • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
                      • Take it with food.
                      No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.
                      Kidneys and liver
                      NifedipinePlendilLopressorPrazosinCoregNorvascHydrochlorothiazideZestoreticLisinoprilDiovanCatapresCalanDiltiazem
                      • 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.
                      No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
                      • Might not be a good choice if you have liver disease.
                      • Your body uses your liver to break down Norvasc (Amlodipine) and remove it from your blood. If you have liver disease you may not be able to remove Norvasc (Amlodipine) as quickly from your blood as someone with a healthy liver. You should increase the dose of Norvasc (Amlodipine) slowly and watch closely for how it is working in your body. Increasing the dose slowly will lower your chances of having side effects.
                      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
                      • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
                      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
                      • Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide) can cause severe allergic reactions, including death, to patients who required certain types of kidney dialysis. Talk to your prescriber if you are undergoing dialysis to discuss possible alternative medications.
                      • Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide) can cause kidney damage, especially if you already have a history of kidney disease. Talk to your doctor to discuss possible alternatives if this is a concern.
                      • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
                      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
                      • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
                      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
                      No kidneys and liver related info.
                      • Your doctor may check your liver regularly, as there have been reports of liver damage which can only be seen through blood tests. If you do have a history of liver disease, let your doctor know.
                      • Your doctor may monitor your heart to see if changes to its electrical system may occur, especially if you have had liver or kidney disease in the past.
                      • There have been reports of liver damage within the first eight weeks of Cardizem (Diltiazem), particularly if you have a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver.
                      Pain
                      NifedipinePlendilLopressorPrazosinCoregNorvascHydrochlorothiazideZestoreticLisinoprilDiovanCatapresCalanDiltiazem
                      No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.
                      • Worsening heart pain or increased risk of heart attack is possible when you first start taking Norvasc (Amlodipine). This can also happen after you increase the dose of Norvasc (Amlodipine). Notify your doctor immediately if you experience any heart pain, radiating jaw pain, crushing chest pain, or persistent racing heartbeat.
                      No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.
                      Sleep
                      NifedipinePlendilLopressorPrazosinCoregNorvascHydrochlorothiazideZestoreticLisinoprilDiovanCatapresCalanDiltiazem
                      No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.
                      • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and nausea.
                      No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.
                      • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
                      No sleep related info.No sleep related info.
                      Upsides and benefits
                      NifedipinePlendilLopressorPrazosinCoregNorvascHydrochlorothiazideZestoreticLisinoprilDiovanCatapresCalanDiltiazem
                      • 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.
                      • Plendil (Felodipine) is a good option for people with high blood pressure.
                      • Calcium channel blockers sometimes work better for people of African descent than other blood pressure lowering drugs.
                      • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina). Makes pain attacks less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
                      • A first-choice treatment for heart failure. May prevent long-term heart damage.
                      • A first-choice treatment for heart attack. Lowers the risk of death during and after a heart attack.
                      • Can be added to other blood pressure-lowering medicines if you need additional blood pressure control.
                      • Makes urination easier in men with an enlarged prostate.
                      • Helps people with PTSD get better sleep with fewer, less-intense nightmares.
                      • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
                      • A first-choice treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
                      • For people with severe heart failure, Carvedilol lowers the risk of worsening heart failure, hospitalization, and sudden death.
                      • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
                      • Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure.
                      • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
                      • Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly.
                      • Each dose lasts longer than other calcium channel blockers, which keeps blood pressure consistent without big ups and downs.
                      • Particularly good at lowering systolic blood pressure (the top number), so it's a good option for older people who can commonly get high blood pressure only in the top number.
                      • Works well to get rid of extra fluids in your body through urination.
                      • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people. Works especially well for African Americans.
                      • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
                      • Good option if you have both high blood pressure and heart failure.
                      • Raises calcium levels in the body, so it can be good for people with osteoporosis to slow down bone loss and even help with new bone formation.
                      • Most people have very few side effects.
                      • Combination medicine for people with high blood pressure. Doctors might prescribe it when you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure.
                      • The two drugs in Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide work together to lower blood pressure, remove extra water from your body, and lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.
                      • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
                      • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
                      • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
                      • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
                      • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
                      • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
                      • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
                      • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
                      • Similar to ACE inhibitors (like Lisinopril), with fewer side effects like cough and swelling.
                      • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
                      • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
                      • Can be added to other blood pressure-lowering medicines if you need additional blood pressure control.
                      • Available in a weekly patch for people that aren't good at taking medicine by mouth.
                      • Works in the brain, so it can help treat some nervous system and psychiatric conditions.
                      • Under the brand name Kapvay, it's used to treat ADHD in children and teenagers.
                      • 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 and risks
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                      • 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.
                      • Plendil (Felodipine) may not work as well as other calcium channel blockers.
                      • It can lead to more swelling in your arms and legs when taken at higher doses.
                      • You can't miss doses. Stopping Plendil (Felodipine) could cause a sudden spike in blood pressure.
                      • Plendil (Felodipine) can't be crushed or cut into two.
                      • Metoprolol tartrate is the immediate release version of Toprol XL. You have to take Metoprolol tartrate with food for it to work best. (On the other hand, you can take Toprol XL any time.)
                      • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
                      • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
                      • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
                      • You can't miss doses. Stopping Metoprolol tartrate suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
                      • Not the best medicine to lower blood pressure by itself.
                      • Likely to cause orthostatic hypotension. This means dizziness when you change positions (like standing up) because your blood pressure doesn't adjust quickly enough.
                      • Not preferred for people 65 years or older.
                      • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
                      • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
                      • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
                      • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
                      • You can't miss doses. Stopping Carvedilol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
                      • 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 Amlodipine than men.
                      • Some people might experience flushing with this medication.
                      • You can't miss doses. Stopping Amlodipine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
                      • If you have severe heart disease, using Amlodipine might increase your risk of chest pain or heart attack during the time right after starting the medication or raising the dosage.
                      • Might not be a good choice if you have liver disease.
                      • Makes you urinate more often.
                      • Doesn't work well in people with severe kidney problems.
                      • Comes in fixed dosage strengths, so it's harder for your doctor to adjust your dose.
                      • Up to 1 in 10 people can get a dry cough with this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
                      • Makes you urinate more often.
                      • Doesn't work as well in people with severe kidney problems.
                      • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
                      • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
                      • Up to 1 in 10 people can get a dry cough with this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
                      • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
                      • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
                      • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
                      • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
                      • Has a lot of side effects compared to other blood pressure-lowering medicine because it works in the brain.
                      • The pill form can make some people sleepy, dizzy, and have dry mouth.
                      • You can't miss doses. Stopping Clonidine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
                      • 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 Diltiazem than men.
                      • You can't miss doses. Stopping Diltiazem suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
                      • Some brands of Diltiazem have to be taken with food, so listen carefully for instructions from your doctor or pharmacist.
                      • Not a good medication for you if you drink alcohol.
                      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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                      • 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.
                      • Can cause swelling in your legs or ankles.
                      • Can also cause swelling in your gums.
                      • Plendil (Felodipine) can be taken without food or with a light low fat meal.
                      • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking Plendil (Felodipine).
                      • You might feel lightheaded or dizzy when first starting Plendil (Felodipine).
                      • Take it with food.
                      • Can cause dizziness 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 fatigue and headache.
                      • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
                      • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
                      • This is the immediate release version. It also comes as an extended release form: Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate).
                      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
                      • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and nausea.
                      • Take with food or at bedtime to avoid side effects.
                      • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
                      • Recheck your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine.
                      • Take it with food.
                      • Can cause dizziness 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 fatigue and erectile dysfunction.
                      • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
                      • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
                      • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
                      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
                      • Interacts with the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin.
                      • Can cause ankle or foot swelling.
                      • Can cause gum overgrowth. Ask your dentist to check for this side effect.
                      • Starts working in about 2 hours.
                      • Makes you urinate more often, so avoid taking it at bedtime.
                      • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
                      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
                      • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, or muscle weakness that doesn't go away.
                      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
                      • Makes you urinate more often, so avoid taking it at bedtime.
                      • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
                      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
                      • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
                      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
                      • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
                      • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
                      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
                      • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
                      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
                      • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
                      • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
                      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
                      • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
                      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
                      • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
                      • Usually taken together with other medicines for better blood pressure control.
                      • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
                      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
                      • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
                      • The weekly patch form can have fewer side effects.
                      • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
                      • Extended release tablet also used to treat ADHD.
                      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
                      • Interacts with grapefruit and the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin.
                      • Can cause constipation and headache.
                      • Don't drink too much alcohol while taking this medicine.
                      • Your doctor might do routine blood tests to check your liver function.
                      • Can cause dizziness or fatigue in the first few days.
                      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
                      • Interacts with the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin.
                      • Can cause ankle or foot swelling.
                      • Can cause gum overgrowth. Ask your dentist to check for this side effect.
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