What is Nifedipine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Procardia XL Nifedical XL Nifedipine XR Show all

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See also: Amantadine-amitriptyline-baclofen-clonidine-lidocaine-nifedipine-prilocaine

Nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker used to treat high blood pressure or coronary heart disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Elevated blood pressure 69 26
Raynaud's disease 66 13
Pulmonary hypertension 15 0
High blood pressure (hypertension) 10 3
Esophageal spasms 5 2
Raynaud's phenomenon 5 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 4
Moderate 13
Mild 6
None 34

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nifedipine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 3
Headaches 2
Lightheadedness 2
Low blood pressure 2
Swelling in ankles 2
Acid reflux 1

Show all 23 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nifedipine

Dosage Patients Percentage
30 mg daily 8
60 mg daily 3
30 mg twice daily 2
90 mg daily 2
10 mg daily 1
15 mg daily 1
20 mg daily 1
60 mg twice daily 1
120 mg twice daily 1
30mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Nifedipine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 22
Other 10
Did not seem to work 9
Side effects too severe 9
Course of treatment ended 7
Expense 2
Personal research 2
See all 48 patients who've stopped taking Nifedipine

Duration

Currently taking Nifedipine

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Nifedipine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 45
Usually 10
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 44
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 7
< $25 17
Not specified 33

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nifedipine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 2
Carvedilol (Coreg) 1
Chlorthalidone (Chlorthal) 1
Lisinopril (Zestril) 1
Losartan (Cozaar) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Nifedipine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 3
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 2
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Atenolol (Tenormin) 1
Felodipine (Plendil) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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6 patient evaluations for Nifedipine

Apr 5, 2013 (Started Mar 05, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 4, 2011 (Started Jun 24, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 18, 2010 (Started May 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: VA replaced Nifedipine with Amlodipine Besylate
Cost: < $25 monthly

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