Nifedipine is used to treat elevated blood pressure and control angina (chest pain). Nifedipine is in a family of drugs called calcium channel blockers.
It reduces blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels so that the heart does not have to pump as hard as it does. It regulates pain in the chest by increasing the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.
High blood pressure is a common condition which can cause damage to the brain, heart , blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of the body if not treated.
Damage to these organs can cause heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, vision loss, and other problems. In addition to taking medicine, improving your diet will also help to regulate your blood pressure.
Nifedipine comes as a capsule and an extended-release (long-acting) tablet to be taken by mouth. Typically the capsule is taken three or four times a day.
The extended-release tablet should be taken on an empty stomach once a day, either 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. To help you continue to take nifedipine, take it at the same time(s) every day.