Procardia vs. Jenloga

Are Procardia and Jenloga the Same Thing?

Procardia (nifedipine) and Jenloga (clonidine hydrochloride) extended release are used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure).

Procardia is also used to treat angina (chest pain).

Jenloga is also approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Procardia and Jenloga belong to different drug classes. Procardia is a calcium channel blocker and Jenloga is a central alpha agonist.

Side effects of Procardia and Jenloga that are similar include dizziness, headache, drowsiness, tired feeling/fatigue, nausea, constipation, or trouble sleeping (insomnia).

Side effects of Procardia that are different from Jenloga include weakness, swelling ankles/feet, joint pain, leg cramps, diarrhea, stomach pain, rash or itching, urinating more than usual, or flushing (warmth/redness/tingly feeling under your skin).

Side effects of Jenloga that are different from Procardia include dry mouth.

Procardia may interact with other heart medications to treat the same or another condition, grapefruit and grapefruit juice, cimetidine, erythromycin, itraconazole or ketoconazole, carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampin, or rifabutin.

Jenloga may interact with alcohol, antidepressants, narcotic pain relievers, barbiturates, and sedatives.

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 Jenloga?

Common side effects of Jenloga include:

  •  dry mouth
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • fatigue
  • constipation
  • headache
  • nausea, or
  • trouble sleeping (insomnia)

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 Jenloga?

Jenloga (clonidine hydrochloride) extended release is a central alpha agonist used for high blood pressure (hypertension). Jenloga is also approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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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 Jenloga?

Jenloga may interact with alcohol and antidepressants, narcotic pain relievers, barbiturates, and sedatives such as alprazolam (Xanax) and clonazepam (Klonopin). Tell your doctor all medications you take. If you are pregnant, only take Jenloga if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the fetus. Jenloga is excreted into breast milk.

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 Jenloga Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Jenloga is 1 tablet, twice daily, or as directed by your doctor.

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References

FDA. Procardia XL Product Information.
http://labeling.pfizer.com/showlabeling.aspx?id=542
FDA. Jenloga Product Information.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2009/022331lbl.pdf

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