Procardia (nifedipine) is a calcium channel blocker that relaxes muscles in the heart and blood vessels. It’s prescribed to treat chest pain and high blood pressure.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Procardia exactly as prescribed.
Do not take Procardia if you have severe coronary artery disease or a recent heart attack.
Chest pain may worsen when you start taking Procardia. Contact your doctor if chest pain is ongoing or severe.
Before taking Procardia, inform your doctor if you have any of the following:
Procardia may interact with other drugs, especially antidepressants, antibiotics, antifungals, heart and blood pressure medication, HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C drugs.
Common side effects of Procardia include:
Contact your doctor if you experience these more serious side effects:
What foods should I avoid while taking Procardia?
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice contain an enzyme that alters the way Procardia works. Alcohol may increase side effects like dizziness. Your doctor may also recommend dietary changes to help further lower your blood pressure.