Compare Nifedipine vs. nimodipine

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Procardia (Nifedipine)

Prescription only

Nymalize (nimodipine)

Prescription only
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
Helps with recovery after an episode of bleeding in the brain.

Nymalize (nimodipine) acts specifically on the blood vessels of the brain to reduce long-term damage from brain bleed, but is expensive.

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.
  • Available in a liquid formulation if you have difficulty swallowing a pill.
  • Treatment is short-term, for 21 days only.
  • Safe to use even if you have kidney or liver problems.
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 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.
  • Needs to be taken several times in a day, usually every four hours.
  • Not a good option for elderly because it lowers blood pressure and causes constipation.
  • Inteacts with a lot of other medications, especially for the treatment of HIV.
  • Available in a generic verison, but is still expensive.
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  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Reviews
26 reviews so far
42%
saidit'sworth it
31%
saiditworked well
46%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
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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The Nymalize (nimodipine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • Life-threatening low blood pressure
  • Monitoring of blood pressure
    • Using other medicines that lower blood pressure such as diuretics and beta-blockers
  • Interactions with other medicines
    • Taking other medicines that interact with Nymalize (nimodipine)
  • Liver disease
    • Liver disease
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