Description and Brand Names

Drug information provided by: Merative, Micromedex®

US Brand Name

  1. Adalat CC
  2. Afeditab CR
  3. Nifediac CC
  4. Nifedical XL
  5. Procardia
  6. Procardia XL

Canadian Brand Name

  1. Adalat
  2. Adalat OROS
  3. Adalat PA 10
  4. Adalat PA 20
  5. Adalat XL
  6. APO-Nifed
  7. APO-Nifed PA
  8. Mylan-NIFEdipine
  9. NIFEdipine
  10. NIFEdipine ER
  11. pms-NIFEdipine
  12. pms-NIFEdipine ER


Nifedipine is used alone or together with other medicines to treat severe chest pain (angina) or high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. High blood pressure may also increase the risk of heart attacks. These problems may be less likely to occur if blood pressure is controlled.

Nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker. It works by affecting the movement of calcium into the cells of the heart and blood vessels. As a result, nifedipine relaxes blood vessels and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart while reducing its workload.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Capsule, Liquid Filled
  • Tablet, Extended Release

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