What is Nifedipine?

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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 63 18
Raynaud's Disease 63 16
Pulmonary Hypertension 14 0
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) 9 3
Raynaud's phenomenon 5 1
Esophageal spasms 4 2

Show all 33 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 5
Moderate 16
Mild 6
None 27

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nifedipine

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 3
Headaches 3
Flushing 2
Lightheadedness 2
Low blood pressure 2
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 2

Show all 36 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nifedipine

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 11
60 mg daily 6
90 mg daily 2
10 mg daily 1
15 mg daily 1
5 mg three times daily 1
10 mg twice daily 1
30 mg twice daily 1
40 mg twice daily 1
120 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Nifedipine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 19
Other 10
Side effects too severe 10
Did not seem to work 8
Course of treatment ended 5
Expense 2
Personal research 1
See all 42 patients who’ve stopped taking Nifedipine

Duration

Currently taking Nifedipine

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Nifedipine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 42
Usually 11
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 42
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 5
< $25 18
Not specified 29

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
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 4
Diltiazem (Cardizem) 3
Atenolol (Tenormin) 1
Chlorpromazine (Thorazine) 1
Nitroglycerin (Nitrostat) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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7 patient evaluations for Nifedipine

45 members have decided to share their profiles only with other members of PatientsLikeMe.

dhaniboi
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dhaniboi
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 46y
  • Duration: 43 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
Surgery type: Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
47 seizures
this week
I am: g
I have:
Epilepsy

See dhaniboi's full Nifedipine history

May 11, 2017 (Started May 02, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Hiccups (hiccoughs) when starting to eat/drink)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Soreness in lower legs and feet, Seizures, Cluster seizures, Shortness of breath (dyspnea), Headaches in morning, Tachycardia (fast heart rate), Heartburn, Facial flushing, Generalized weakness (asthenia), Feeling hot, Sensitivity to hot/spicy foods, Nervousness, Flushing, Excitability, Upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: increased my pulse and BP, supposed to be opposite I hate this crap.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 8, 2017 (Started May 02, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Hiccups (hiccoughs) when starting to eat/drink)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Soreness in lower legs and feet, Seizures, Cluster seizures, Shortness of breath (dyspnea), Headaches in morning, Tachycardia (fast heart rate), Heartburn, Facial flushing, Generalized weakness (asthenia), Feeling hot, Sensitivity to hot/spicy foods, Nervousness, Flushing, Excitability, Upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 6, 2017 (Started May 02, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Hiccups (hiccoughs) when starting to eat/drink)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Soreness in lower legs and feet, Seizures, Cluster seizures, Shortness of breath (dyspnea), Headaches in morning, Tachycardia (fast heart rate), Heartburn, Facial flushing, Generalized weakness (asthenia), Feeling hot, Sensitivity to hot/spicy foods, Nervousness, Flushing, Excitability, Upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: I hate this stuff. Stopped throwing up but still at 50-70 hiccups a day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 3, 2017 (Started May 02, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Hiccups (hiccoughs) when starting to eat/drink)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Soreness in lower legs and feet, Shortness of breath (dyspnea), Headaches in morning, Tachycardia (fast heart rate), Heartburn, Facial flushing, Generalized weakness (asthenia), Feeling hot, Sensitivity to hot/spicy foods, Nervousness, Flushing, Excitability, Upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Not fond of Nifedipine. Only the second day of taking it. It causes Dizziness, Headache, feeling weak& feeling excitable. I got nervouss when the pharmacist said he has never heard of it perscribed for hiccups. Hiccups have only happen twice today. Hope it works fast. I really dislike this crap so far. I get cold easily, but not now. because my vein are constricted a lot. I took my Blood pressure 20 minutes after taking it was 107/75, 2 hours after it was 121/81, lower systolic both times.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

May 2, 2017 (Started May 02, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Hiccups (hiccoughs) when starting to eat/drink)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Soreness in lower legs and feet, Headaches in morning, Tachycardia (fast heart rate), Heartburn, Facial flushing, Generalized weakness (asthenia), Feeling hot, Nervousness, Flushing, Excitability, Upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Was origionally perscribed chlorpromazine which has helped well in the past. It was no longer on my insurances formulary. This is only 1 of 2 that could have similar effects. Even though chlorpromazine is the only medication approved by the FDA for chronic hiccups.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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LapisLee
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LapisLee
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 58
Condition: Chronic Kidney Disease 5 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Chronic Kidney Disease

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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
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

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