Nifedipine Overview, How to Take, Overdose, Side Effects and Important Warnings

What is Nifedipine? This medication is used to prevent certain types of chest pain (angina). It may allow you to exercise more and decrease the frequency of angina attacks. Nifedipine belongs to a class of medications known as calcium channel blockers. It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily. This medication must be taken regularly to be effective. It should not be used to treat attacks of chest pain when they occur.

How to take Nifedipine? Take Nifedipine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. You may need to take an extended-release tablet on an empty stomach. Follow the directions on your medicine label about taking this medication with or without food. Do not crush, chew, or break a nifedipine extended-release tablet.