Adalat CC

Generic Name: Nifedipine

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Adalat CC is a medicine known as a calcium channel blocker, which is used alone or in combination with other medicines, to treat high blood pressure.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Adalat CC is an extended-release medicine, which releases medicine into your body throughout the day. Adalat CC lowers high blood pressure by relaxing your blood vessels, which allows your blood to flow through with less resistance.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: By lowering your blood pressure, Adalat CC may lower your risk of a stroke or a heart attack. Also, it is taken just once a day, which may make it easier for you to remember.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. Though you may not feel an improvement or change in the way you feel, it is very important to keep taking your medicine as prescribed to keep your condition under control.

    How do I know it is working?

    Check your blood pressure regularly. Your healthcare provider will also check your blood pressure at every visit. Following an appropriate diet and exercise plan will also affect your blood pressure results.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: swelling of your legs, ankles, or feet; headache.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Low blood pressure with symptoms such as fainting or dizziness.

    Possible increased chest pain or risk of a heart attack.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Adalat CC if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not take Adalat CC if you are lactose-intolerant or have certain severe problems with lactose or other sugars, as Adalat CC contains lactose.

    Do not take Adalat CC if you are taking medications such as rifampin, rifabutin, phenobarbital, phenytoin, carbamazepine, or St. John's wort.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Adalat CC. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver, kidney, or heart problems; lactose intolerance or certain severe problems with lactose or other sugars; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    Also, talk to your healthcare provider about any planned surgeries or procedures.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: The usual starting dose is 30 milligrams once a day. Your healthcare provider will increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    If you have liver impairment, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Adalat CC exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Adalat CC without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Take Adalat CC on an empty stomach, and do not take it with food. Swallow Adalat CC tablets whole. Do not chew, divide, or crush the tablets.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not take Adalat CC with grapefruit juice or grapefruit. Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit for at least 3 days before starting Adalat CC.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Adalat CC is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Adalat CC can interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Adalat CC during pregnancy are unknown. Adalat CC can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Do not take Adalat CC while you are breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Adalat CC, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light and moisture.