What is Adalat (Nifedipine) used for?
Adalat (Nifedipine) is an oral beta-blocker used to treat hypertension or angina. The medication reduces the amount of work required by the heart to pump the blood. This can reduce the blood pressure and prevent symptoms such as headaches, agitation, faintness, or chest pain. It may also make it useful for treating patients with Raynaud`s disease. Your doctor may prescribe this medication to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Adalat (Nifedipine)?
Adalat (Nifedipine) should always be used according to your doctor`s instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is typically administered each day. Your individual directions will be based on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These doses should be swallowed with a full cup of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a snack or meal is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Do not chew or split the tablets before using them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents.
What are the side effects of Adalat (Nifedipine)?
Adalat (Nifedipine) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention include deterioration of angina symptoms, faintness, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, difficulty breathing, unusual swelling of the extremities, severe stomach pain, or jaundice. Inform your doctor as soon as you experience any intense or worrying symptoms to make sure the necessary adjustments are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Adalat (Nifedipine) should not be used by patients who are children, allergic to calcium channel blockers, who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past, or who have cardiogenic shock, unstable angina, aortic stenosis, or who have recently had a heart attack. Also inform your doctor if you have diabetes, porphyrias, heart failure, left ventricular dysfunction, hypotension, decreased liver function, or if you are undergoing kidney dialysis. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Adalat (Nifedipine) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Adalat (Nifedipine) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.