Procardia (Nifedipine) is an antianginal medication classified as pharmacological agents - the calcium channel blockers. It treats the coronary heart disease, accompanied by angina attacks. It locks calcium channels, inhibits the transmembrane intake of calcium ions into the smooth muscle cells of arterial vessels. Procardia (Nifedipine) expands peripheral, mainly arterial, vessels, lowers blood pressure. Increases coronary blood flow, reduces heart rate, heart function and myocardial oxygen demand. It improves myocardial function and helps to reduce the size of the heart in chronic heart failure. Some evidence suggests that the use of Procardia (Nifedipine) for nephrogenic hypertension slows the progression of renal failure.
Indication for use
Procardia (Nifedipine) can be taken by almost all adults and teenagers over 18 who have:
· Arterial hypertension,
· ischemic heart disease: chronic angina pectoris stable, angina pectoris vasospastic (Prinzmetal angina pectoris).
Procardia (Nifedipine) is not recommended to use if you have: hypersensitivity to nifedipine or to any other component of the medication; cardiogenic shock; narrowing of the aortic valve; arterial hypotension; heart failure; tachycardia; porphyria; combination with rifampicin; unstable angina pectoris; inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn's disease; pregnancy; period of breastfeeding.
Dose and usage
Procardia (Nifedipine): 10 mg – orange, elongated tablets or capsules; 30mg – peach, round, small, flat tablets; 60mg - peach, round, medium flat tablets; 90 mg – peach, round, big , flat tablets.
Before taking this medication consult with your attending physician.
The starting dose is one 10 mg capsule, swallowed whole, 3 times/day. In case of coronary artery spasm- 20–30 mg three or four times daily. Doses above 120 mg daily are rarely necessary. More than 180 mg per day is not recommended. In most cases treatment should proceed over a 7–14 day period .
The following side effects can be observed: redness of the skin of the face, headaches, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, swelling of the lower extremities, lowering blood pressure.
If you observe some health disorder , waste no time – inform your doctor as soon as possible.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Josette Davignon
Last updated: 28.05.2021