What is Nifedipine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 62 16
Raynaud's Disease 58 12
Pulmonary Hypertension 12 0
Hypertension 9 3
Raynaud's phenomenon 5 1
Esophageal spasms 4 2

Show all 32 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 9
Mild 5
None 26

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nifedipine

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 2
Headaches 2
Low blood pressure 2
Bowel (fecal) incontinence 1
Decreased appetite 1
Dizziness with nausea 1

Show all 19 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nifedipine

Dosage Patients
60 mg daily 6
30 mg daily 5
20 mg daily 2
90 mg daily 2
1 tablet(s) daily 1
10 mg daily 1
5 mg three times daily 1
10 mg twice daily 1
30 mg twice daily 1
120 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Nifedipine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 18
Side effects too severe 9
Other 8
Did not seem to work 7
Course of treatment ended 5
Expense 2
Personal research 1
See all 39 patients who’ve stopped taking Nifedipine

Duration

Currently taking Nifedipine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Nifedipine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 34
Usually 7
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 35
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 13
Not specified 27

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nifedipine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Carvedilol (Coreg) 1
Chlorthalidone (Chlorthal) 1
Diltiazem (Cardizem) 1
Losartan (Cozaar) 1
Sildenafil (Viagra) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Nifedipine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Diltiazem (Cardizem) 3
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 2
Nitroglycerin (Nitrostat) 1
Prazosin (Minipress) 1
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6 patient evaluations for Nifedipine

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LapisLee
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LapisLee
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 57
Condition: Chronic Kidney Disease 5 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Chronic Kidney Disease

See LapisLee's full Nifedipine history

Apr 5, 2013 (Started Mar 05, 2005)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
jiencar
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jiencar
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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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
jim0425
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jim0425
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
70 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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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

  • 0 helpful marks
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