Procardia is an antihypertensive drug prescribed to treat high blood pressure.
How It Works
Procardia contains an active ingredient called nifedipine – which is a calcium channel blocker and an antihypertensive agent. Calcium channel blockers cause the smooth muscles lining the blood vessels of the heart to relax, widening them. Blood can flow better through the expanded vessels, which can relieve blood pressure that is elevated than normal.
Procardia is mainly prescribed to treat diseases such as hypertension, or high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Procardia is not a cure for hypertension or any other disease. It can only relieve the symptoms of high blood pressure, so the patient is at less risk for a possibly fatal heart attack. Procardia works with regular use. It is not intended as an instant drug to treat chest pain as it occurs.
Dosage of Procardia varies between patient and patient depending on the condition being treated, response to treatment, medical history and other factors.
Procardia tablets should be taken by the mouth. The usual frequency of the dosage is three times daily with or without food.
Procardia tablets must be swallowed whole without breaking for the dose to be released gradually into the body.
This drug should be taken on a regular basis as instructed by the physician. Do not suddenly stop taking the drug, which can lead to severe health consequences. Do not take Procardia tablets as chest pain is occurring as it will do more harm than good.
It’s important to follow prescribing instructions very carefully to properly deliver the treatment.
You can help remember daily doses by taking them the same time each day.
Procardia may cause one or more of the following side effects:
Swelling in ankles or feet
Side effects other than the ones listed above may occur. If so, you must immediately inform your doctor and seek advice.
Side effects of the drug should normally go away in time. However, if side effects worsen each day or continue to persist, seem medical care without a delay.
Do not take Procardia if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the drug, or are already allergic to similar drugs.
Your condition should not worsen when you are undergoing treatment. If symptoms get worse after 2 or 3 days, immediately consult a doctor.
Patients with ailments like congestive heart failure and aortic stenosis must seek medical advice before using.
Procardia may not be safe to use if you have a history of liver or kidney problems.
Side effects of the drug may impact elderly patients the worst.
Procardia is not recommended to use during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. Breastfeeding mothers should not take this medicine either.
It’s recommended to avoid grapefruit drinks or food when undergoing Procardia treatment. Grapefruit can affect how the body absorbs certain chemicals.
If Procardia causes dizziness, do not drive or engage in similar dangerous activities that require you to stay alert.