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Procardia vs. Adalat

Reviewed on 4/2/2019

Are Procardia and Adalat the Same Thing?

Procardia (nifedipine) and Adalat (nifedipine) are calcium channel blockers used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and to treat angina (chest pain).

Side effects of Procardia and Adalat that are similar include dizziness, joint pain, leg/muscle cramps, headache, drowsiness, tired feeling, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, sleep problems (insomnia), rash or itching, urinating more than usual, or flushing (warmth/redness/tingly feeling under your skin).

Side effects of Procardia that are different from Adalat include weakness or swelling ankles/feet.

Side effects of Adalat that are different from Procardia include fatigue, vivid or abnormal dreams, stomach pain, or sexual problems.

Both Procardia and Adalat may interact with other heart medications to treat the same or another condition, grapefruit and grapefruit juice, antibiotics, azole antifungals, carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampin, or rifabutin.

Procardia may also interact with cimetidine.

Adalat may also interact with nefazodone, fluoxetine, antiviral drugs, phenobarbital, St. John's wort, antiarrhythmics, digoxin, anticoagulants, diuretics, and other drugs.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Procardia?

Common side effects of Procardia include:

  • dizziness,
  • weakness,
  • swelling ankles/feet,
  • joint pain,
  • leg cramps,
  • headache,
  • drowsiness,
  • tired feeling,
  • nausea,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • stomach pain,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • rash or itching,
  • urinating more than usual, or
  • flushing (warmth/redness/tingly feeling under your skin).

Tell your doctor if you experience unlikely but serious side effects of Procardia including:

  • fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat, or
  • fainting.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Adalat?

Common side effects of Adalat include:

  • 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 have unlikely but serious side effects of Adalat including:

What Is Procardia?

Procardia (nifedipine) is a calcium channel blocker used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and to treat angina (chest pain).

What Is Adalat?

Adalat (nifedipine) is a calcium channel blocker drug that relaxes (widens) blood vessels (veins and arteries), which makes it easier for the heart to pump and reduces its workload and is used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension) and to treat chest pain (angina).

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What Drugs Interact With Procardia?

Procardia may interact with other heart medications to treat the same or another condition, cimetidine, erythromycin, itraconazole or ketoconazole, carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampin, or rifabutin. Tell your doctor all medications you use. During pregnancy, Procardia should be used only when prescribed. This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Adalat?

Adalat may interact with azole antifungals, antibiotics, grapefruit, nefazodone, fluoxetine, antiviral drugs, rifampin, rifabutin, phenobarbital, phenytoin, carbamazepine, St. John's Wort, antiarrhythmics, other calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin-II blockers, beta blockers, central alpha1 blockers, digoxin, anticoagulants, diuretics, and other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. It is not known whether nifedipine will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take nifedipine without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Nifedipine is known to be excreted in human breast milk, and nursing mothers are advised not to breastfeed their babies when taking the drug.

How Should Procardia Be Taken?

The usual starting dose of Procardia is one 10 mg capsule, 3 times/day. The usual effective dose range is 10–20 mg three times daily.

How Should Adalat Be Taken?

Adalat is taken orally in tablet form. The usual maintenance dose of Adalat is 30 mg to 60 mg once daily.

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References

FDA. Procardia XL Product Information.
http://labeling.pfizer.com/showlabeling.aspx?id=542
FDA. Adalat Product Information.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/020198s023lbl.pdf
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