Procardia XL 20mg(Nifedipine ER)
Please Note: Manufactured by Bayer Healthcare in Germany.
Marketed as Adalat LA in United Kingdom
Marketed as Adalat Oros in New Zealand
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Procardia XL Drug Information
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Procardia XL Overview
Nifedipine is used alone or in combination with other drugs to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Procardia XL 20mg is also used for certain types of chest pain (angina). It may help increase your ability to exercise and decrease the frequency of chest pain attacks. It should not be used to treat chest pain when it occurs. Use other medications (e.g., sublingual nitroglycerin) to relieve attacks of chest pain as directed by your doctor. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Procardia XL 20mg is known as a calcium channel blocker. It works by relaxing and widening blood vessels so blood can flow more easily.
How to Use Procardia XL
Take Procardia XL 20mg by mouth, with or without food, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. Do not crush or chew Procardia XL 20mg. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Also, do not split the tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing. Your doctor may gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Dosage of Procardia XL 20mg is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while being treated with Procardia XL 20mg unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Grapefruit juice can increase the amount of certain medications in your bloodstream. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Use Procardia XL 20mg regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it at the same time each day. It is important to continue taking Procardia XL 20mg even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick. Do not suddenly stop taking Procardia XL 20mg without consulting your doctor. Your condition may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased. Tell your doctor if your condition worsens (e.g., increase in your routine blood pressure readings).
Procardia XL Precautions
Before taking Procardia XL 20mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other calcium channel blockers (e.g., amlodipine, felodipine); or if you have any other allergies. Procardia XL 20mg may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Procardia XL 20mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,heart diseases (e.g., congestive heart failure, aortic stenosis), liver problems, esophagus/stomach/intestine problems (e.g., narrowing/stricture, motility disorders, obstruction), kidney problems, a certain metabolic disorder (porphyria). Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Procardia XL 20mg. Procardia XL 20mg may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). During pregnancy, Procardia XL 20mg should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Nifedipine passes into breast milk. While there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Procardia XL Misdose
If you miss a dose of Procardia XL 20mg, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Procardia XL Interactions
See also How to Use section. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.alpha blockers (such as doxazosin), calcium or magnesium sulfate received through a vein, digoxin, fentanyl, melatonin. Other medications can affect the removal of nifedipine from your body, which may affect how nifedipine works. Examples include apalutamide, cimetidine, enzalutamide, mitotane, quinupristin/dalfopristin, St. John's wort, rifamycins (such as rifabutin, rifampin), drugs used to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), among others. Some products have ingredients that could raise your heart rate or blood pressure. Tell your pharmacist what products you are using, and ask how to use them safely (especially cough-and-cold products, diet aids, or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen/naproxen).
Procardia XL Side Effects
What are Procardia XL side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Procardia XL may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Procardia XL as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Procardia XL
The side effects of Procardia XL may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Procardia XL. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Procardia XL may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Procardia XL, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Procardia XL.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Procardia XL, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Procardia XL and the side effects associated with Procardia XL are described in the following:
Common Procardia XL Side Effects
- peripheral edema
- headache disorder
Less Frequent Procardia XL Side Effects
- pulmonary edema
- cramps in legs
- erectile dysfunction
- increased urinary frequency
- general weakness
Rare or Very Rare Procardia XL Side Effects
- chronic heart failure
- bullous dermatitis
- gingival hyperplasia
- allergic dermatitis
- gastrointestinal concretion
- skin rash
- acute eruptions of skin
- gastrointestinal obstruction
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- erythema multiforme
- toxic epidermal necrolysis
- gastrointestinal ulcer
- visual changes
Procardia XL Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Procardia XL 20mg when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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