Nifedipine – Oral

Why do I need this medicine?

Nifedipine helps to keep your blood pressure under control. Nifedipine relaxes your blood vessels and this helps to lower your blood pressure. It may be used on its own or together with other medicines.

Nifedipine may also be used to treat other conditions, for example, chest pain or a blood circulation problem called Raynaud’s phenomenon.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Nifedipine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Nifedipine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

If you are taking the extended-release or long-acting form of Nifedipine (usually labelled as “XL”, “LA”, “MR”, “SR” or “Retard”), swallow it whole. Do not break, chew or crush the tablet or capsule.

Nifedipine must be taken regularly for it to work well. Continue taking Nifedipine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor.

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