Nifedipine

*** PLEASE NOTE***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.


Nifedipine is a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker that blocks L-type calcium channels. Nifedipine is used to treat hypertension and anginas.

Do not use when

  • Your child has a known allergy to Nifedipine or one of the other ingredients in the medication
  • Your child has suffered or is suffering from severely low blood pressure
  • Your child is taking rifampicin
  • Your child suffers from an untreated pheochromocytoma or metabolic acidosis or has been fasting
  • You’re pregnant or nursing

Consult your doctor when

  • Your child is suffering or has suffered in the past from liver, kidney or urinary tract dysfunction, or severe constipation
  • Your child is taking other medication or has known allergies

How should I store the medication?
Store the medication in a cool, dark place. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use past the expiration date.

Administering the Medication
Administer the medication at the times instructed by your physician. Do not chew or crush the tablet. This medication is generally not given to children. The tablet is given once every 24 hours, at the same time (usually in the morning). Do not take with grapefruit juice.

What should I do if I forget to administer the medication on time?
Administer the medication immediately after you remember. Do not give two doses at once.

When can I stop giving the medication?
Complete the round as instructed by your physician. Do not end treatment without consulting with your doctor – even if your child is feeling better.

Side Effects
While using nifedipine, your child may experience side effects which include headaches, rashes, flushed cheeks, weakness or edemas in the lower extremities, nausea and/or dizziness

Call your doctor when

  • Your child’s condition worsens
  • Your child experiences severe side effects
  • Your child’s upper and lower extremities swell at the same time; he has difficulty breathing, chest pains, rapid or irregular heartbeat

Your child will need to be monitored - blood pressure, and EKGs.