Adalat Chrono (Nifedipine) is from a group of drugs called calcium channel blockers and is used to treat hypertension (commonly known as high blood pressure) and angina (chest pain). This is an oral tablet medication that is usually round and red/pink in color. This medication is not available in generic form but is available as Adalat CC in 30MG and 60MG strengths. It is also available in extended release, the XL (extended release) will typically last longer due to the formation of the pill.
This medication works because the nifedipine in the tablet relaxes the muscles of your heart and your blood vessels. It does this by blocking the calcium from going into the muscles. In order for muscles to contract, they need calcium. With no calcium, they cannot contract which results in relaxed muscles.
Always follow directions given to you by your doctor.
Do not crush, chew or break the tablet, make sure you swallow it whole.
Store at room temperature away from light.
If you are taking an extended release tablet, you may need to take it on an empty stomach.
Your blood pressure needs to be regularly checked while using this medication.
Ensure that when you take nifedipine, that you do not have a scheduled surgery in the next 36 hours.
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position. Get up slowly and steady to avoid getting dizzy and lightheaded and possibly falling, causing injury.
This medication can pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
It is unknown whether or not this product will harm a fetus. Make sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to be.
tell your doctor if you have:severe COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); kidney disease; congestive heart failure; or if you take other medications, especially an antibiotic or antifungal medicine, an antidepressant, heart or blood pressure medicine, or drugs to treat HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C.
Side effects include but are not limited to;headache, dizziness, fatigue, tiredness, drowsiness, flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin), sleep problems (insomnia), vivid or abnormal dreams, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, rash or itching, joint pain, leg/muscle cramps, increased urination, or sexual problems.
Tell your doctor if you experience;swelling of the ankles or feet, shortness of breath, or unusual weakness or tiredness.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Do not double up on doses; take your missed dose if it hasn’t been that long since you were suppose to take it.
Is this medication safe for children?
The effective and safe single dose of nifedipine for children is 2.5 mg if they weigh less than 10 kg, and 5 mg for children weighing between 10 and 20 kg.
What should I avoid if I am using this product?
Herbal supplement containing St. John's wort.
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position,
Does it have any medication interactions?
Some commonly known drugs that interact with Adalat include but are not limited too;
Aspir 81 (Aspirin);
Vitamin C and;
Even though it is not a drug, grapefruit can increase the amount of medication absorbed into your bloodstream.