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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Procardia (Overview)

Procardia is a calcium channel blocker which is a kind of rhythm control drug (cardiovascular drug).


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What happens if you break procardia (nifedipine) ER in half? I read the warnings to never do this, but was told to take the extended release 15mg.

What happens if you break procardia (nifedipine) ER in half? I read the warnings to never do this, but was told to take the extended release 15mg.

Can't do it: You can't take 15 mg of Procardia (nifedipine) xl ("er"). The smallest dose is 30 mg, you can't break them in half, crush, or chew them as they're gel filled and you'll get the full dose rapidly with an immediate release. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
86 doctors shared insights

Procardia (Overview)

Procardia is a calcium channel blocker which is a kind of rhythm control drug (cardiovascular drug).


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I was on procardia (nifedipine) for 2 weeks to stop labor. Will the side effects continue?

I was on procardia (nifedipine) for 2 weeks to stop labor. Will the side effects continue?

No: Procardia (nifedipine) wears off after about 8 hours. There should not be any long term side effects after your stop the medication. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take phentermine and procardia (nifedipine) together?

Is it safe to take phentermine and procardia (nifedipine) together?

No: Phentermine is a raw stimulant which does not burn energy or increase metabolism. It increases heart rate, causes vasoconstriction, increases blood pressure, increases the possibility of cardiac arrhythmia, and causes loss of appetite. It would be dangerous even without a heart-related health problem, so you definitely shouldn't take it if you're on procardia (nifedipine). ...Read more

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Why does procardia (nifedipine) cause edema?

Why does procardia (nifedipine) cause edema?

Ca++ channel blocker: The cause of edema in calcium channel blocker medications is due to the decrease in arteriolar resistance. The resistance change is not seen in the veins, so the pressure in the capillary beds is increased, thus causing fluid fluid shift into the tissues, resulting in edema. ...Read more

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Do not remember if I took my procardia (nifedipine) xl, what to do?

Check your BP: I assume taking for hypertension, if you think you missed a dose, could check your blood pressure, if it is high, SBP > 140 or 150, probably could take a dose now. If your BP is OK, then wait til tomorrow and resume as usual. Perhaps a pillbox or a smartphone app may help you with med compliance in the future. ...Read more

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What happens if you break procardia (nifedipine) ER in half? I read the warnings to never do this, but was told to take the extended release 15mg.

Can't do it: You can't take 15 mg of Procardia (nifedipine) xl ("er"). The smallest dose is 30 mg, you can't break them in half, crush, or chew them as they're gel filled and you'll get the full dose rapidly with an immediate release. ...Read more

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Pregnant just stopped taking procardia (nifedipine) -- any baby effects?

Pregnant just stopped taking procardia (nifedipine) -- any baby effects?

No: There are not withdrawal issues for the fetus from stopping procardia (nifedipine). If you were taking it for high blood pressure please confirm that your blood pressure is still normal off the medication. ...Read more

Dr. Allen Fischer
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Nifedipine (Definition)

Nifedipine is a common calcium channel blocker that is used commonly as an antihypertensvie. It has many uses in cardiology and is even used in pregnancy as a tocolytic (to reduce preterm contractions). ...Read more