Adalat CC

1 What is Adalat CC?

Brand: Adalat CC,Afeditab, Adalat, Nifediac, Procardia

Generic: Nifedipine

Adalat CC is an oral medication used in the treatment of hypertension. This drug can be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents.

Adalat CC contains Nifedipine and is available as 30-mg, 60-mg and 90-mg extended-release film-coated tablets. Nifedipine is a calcium ion inhibitor which brings about a decrease in blood pressure.

Instructions

Adalat CC is to be taken by mouth on an empty stomach. The usual dose is once daily or as instructed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablets whole. Do not crush or chew this medication because it will release all particles of the drug at once, thus increasing the risk for side effects. Do not split tablets without a score line.

Avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit while taking Adalat CC because it can increase nifedipine levels in your bloodstream.

Take this drug regularly according to your doctor’s advice. If your condition worsens, seek medical help.

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as prescribed by your doctor or as stated on the package label.

Interactions

Adalat CC may interact with the following medications:

  • Acarbose
  • Alpha blockers such as doxazosin
  • Beta blockers such as propranolol or metoprolol
  • Calcium or magnesium sulfate received through a vein
  • Digoxin
  • Fentanyl
  • Melatonin
  • Quinidine
  • Certain drugs that may weaken the immune system such as sirolimus and tacrolimus
  • Drugs affecting liver enzymes that remove nifedipine from your body such as cimetidine, nefazodone, quinupristin/dalfopristin and St. John's wort
  • Azole antifungals such as itraconazole
  • HIV protease inhibitors such as indinavir
  • Macrolide antibiotics such as erythromycin
  • Rifamycins such as rifampin
  • Anti-seizure medicines such as carbamazepine or phenytoin

Side Effects

There are no side effects known aside from a possible allergic reaction in people who have previous or unknown hypersensitivity to the drug.

Watch out for signs of allergic reactions such as:

  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Swelling

Warnings

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the following:

  • Allergy to nifedipine or to other calcium channel blockers such as felodipine or amlodipine
  • Heart problems such as congestive heart failure and aortic stenosis
  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Porphyria, a certain metabolic disorder
  • Pregnancy or lactation
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