Nifedipine medication is a Dihydropyridine Calcium Channel Blocker that treats high blood pressure and angina. The mechanism of action of nifedipine is as a Calcium Channel Antagonist. Chemically, it is a dihydropyridine, a methyl ester and a C-nitro compound. It plays a role of a calcium channel blocker, a vasodilator agent, a tocolytic agent and a human metabolite.
Class of Drugs –Calcium Channel Blocker
Molecular Formula – C17H18N2O6
Molecular Weight – 528.5 g/mol
Working: This given Calcium Channel Blocker, Nifedipine medication works to help lower the elevated blood pressure. It relaxes the blood vessels throughout the body. That results in reduce the pressure is built up and the heart does not have to work as hard to pump blood. To prevent angina, it lowers the pressure in the coronary arteries. It results in heart receives more blood and oxygen. It also prevents spasm of the coronary arteries.
Uses: Given medicine is approved to prevent certain types of chest pain like angina. It may help to exercise more and decrease the frequency of angina attacks. It relaxes blood vessels so blood can flow more easily. This medicine should not be used to treat attacks of chest pain when they occur.
Popular Brands and Dosages: High blood pressure medicine Nifedipine is used as the main active ingredient in popular brands such as:
- Adalat CC: 30 mg and 60 mg
- Procardia: 30 mg and 60 mg
- Adalat: 30 mg and 60 mg
- Procardia XL: 30 mg and 60 mg
It is advisable to avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while taking this medication.