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How does nifedipine work. Nifedipine is a type of medicine called a calcium channel blocker. How long does nifedipine take to work. Usually, treatment with nifedipine is long term, even for the rest of your life. Is nifedipine safe to take for a long time.

What will happen if I stop taking it. Talk to your doctor if you want to stop taking nifedipine. Can I come off nifedipine now my blood pressure is lower. Otherwise, you can eat and drink normally while taking nifedipine. Are there similar medicines to nifedipine. For high blood pressureThere are several other calcium channel blockers which work in the same way as nifedipine. They work in a different way to calcium channel blockers and include:ACE inhibitors like ramipril and lisinoprilangiotensin receptor blockers like candesartanbeta blockers like bisoprololdiuretics like bendroflumethiazideIf you can't take nifedipine or other calcium channel blockers because of side effects, you may be able to switch to another medicine.

For anginaThere are other calcium channel blockers, such as diltiazem and verapamil, which are used for angina. They include:beta blockers like bisoprololnitrates like isosorbide dinitrateFor Raynaud's phenomenon and chilblainsNifedipine is the medicine that's normally used to treat Raynaud's phenomenon and chilblains.

Are there other uses of nifedipine. There are some other possible uses of nifedipine. It's sometimes used as a treatment for:kidney stonesa particular kind of unstable angina called Prinzmetal angina (or variant angina)If you're not sure why you're taking nifedipine, or whether it's the right medicine for you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

No, there's no evidence that nifedipine is addictive. Nifedipine will not affect your contraception. Talk to your doctor if you're taking combined hormonal contraceptives.

Quitting smoking brings down your blood pressure and relieves heart failure symptoms. Try to avoid secondhand smoke. It makes heart failure worse too. Try to keep to the recommended guidelines of no more than 14 units of alcohol a week. A standard glass of wine (175ml) is 2 units. A pint of lager or beer is usually 2 to 3 units of alcohol. It's a good idea to cut down on salt too. Aim for no more than 6g of salt a day. This can make heart failure worse too. Find ways to reduce stress in your life.

To give your heart a rest, try napping or putting your feet up when possible. Spend time with friends and family to be social and help avoid stress.

Ask your doctor about these vaccinations. You can have them free on the NHS. This medication is used to prevent certain types of chest pain (angina). It may allow you to exercise more and decrease the frequency of angina attacks. Nifedipine belongs to a class of medications known as calcium channel blockers. It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily.

This medication must be taken regularly to be effective. It should not be used to treat attacks of chest pain when they occur. Use other medications (such as sublingual nitroglycerin) to relieve attacks of chest pain as directed by your doctor. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details. Older adults should discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with their doctor or pharmacist, as well as other possibly safer forms of nifedipine (such as the long-acting tablets).

Take this medication by mouth, usually 3 times daily with or without food or as directed by your doctor. Do not crush, chew, or break the capsule. Your doctor may gradually increase your dose. Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while taking this medication unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Grapefruit can increase the amount of certain medications in your bloodstream.

Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day. Tell your doctor if your condition worsens (for example, your chest pain worsens or is more frequent). To reduce dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position. Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: vision changes. Although this medication is effective in preventing chest pain (angina), some people who already have severe heart disease may rarely develop worsening chest pain or a heart attack after starting this medication or increasing the dose.