Procardia (generic name: Nifedipine, is also known as Adipine MR, Nicardia) belongs to a group of drugs which are known as calcium channel blockers. These types of medications work as they can relax the muscles and the blood vessels within the heart. This medication is commonly used to help treat hyper tension or high blood pressure and also angina, which is a type of chest pain. You should not use this medication if you have a history of illness such as kidney or liver disease. Procardia should be used on a frequent basis to ensure that the best results are achieved; it should also not be used to treat any type of chest pain, once the pain has already started as this may make the symptoms worse. You can use other medications with Procardia such as sublingual nitroglycerin, to help treat you condition.
Procardia Side Effects:
Headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, sleep problems, joint pains, leg cramps and also urinating less than usual are all other less serious side effects that you could encounter whilst taking Procardia. Angina, severe constipation, stomach cramps, shortness of breath, fast or pounding heartbeats, jaundice and also numbness or tingling feelings. It is important that if you encounter any of these side effects that you report them to your doctor and gain further advice or guidance. If the symptoms of your side effect appear to persist or worsen then you should seek emergency medical aid.
You should always take Procardia as you have been instructed to by your prescription or your doctor; a failure to follow these instructions can lead to you encountering the side effects which have been mentioned above. If the medication does not appear to be working or your symptoms become worse, then consult your doctor for further advice and guidance. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to ensure that the maximum results are achieved. The medication should be taken on an empty stomach and you should ensure that you take the tablet whole, without chewing or crushing the tablet. It must be noted that sometimes you may notice a part of the tablet shell in your stool, this is perfectly normal when using Procardia.
There are other medications which may interact with Procardia, and because of this it is important that you inform your doctor of any other medications you are currently taking or have taken in recent times. Blood thinning medications, cold and allergy medication, antibiotics, laxatives, antifungal medications and also beta blockers are some of the medication which may interact with this medication. Some HIV/AIDS and blood pressure medications may also interact with Procardia. Procardia is currently at pregnancy category C. This means that there may be a risk to your unborn child if you are currently pregnant and you are looking to use Procardia. Your doctor or physician will be able to provide you with further information, should you require it.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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