Adalat medicine, having the generic name Nifedipine belongs to a class of drugs called Calcium Channel Blockers (BCC).
Nifedipine is yellow crystalline substance that is insoluble in water but is soluble in ethanol. Food and Drugs Administration approved this medicine in the year 1981 and made it accessible for public to treat high Blood Pressure, angina and also various other medical conditions.
The drug is available in the form of tablets with dosage strength of 30 mg, 60 mg and 90 mg and as capsules with dosage strengths of 10 mg and 20 mg.
What is Adalat used for?
Adalat drug is used to treat high blood pressure and also to control chest pain which is known as angina in medical terms.
How it works?
Nifedipine increases the blood flow to the heart by blocking the calcium flow into muscles cells that surrounds the arteries which supplies blood to the coronary artery and also to other arteries in the body. Blocking the calcium flow can relax the muscles and dilate the arteries thus increasing the blood and oxygen capacity thereby treating and preventing angina. However, Adalat pill should not be used to treat chest attacks. It is also used to treat abnormal heart rhythms.
Adalat medicine can be taken by mouth with or without food usually three times a day. The tablet should be swallowed as a whole and shouldn’t be allowed to get crushed, broken or chewed.
The dosage strength depends upon the person’s age, medical condition and their response to the treatment.
The Adalat dose should be increased gradually and it is important to stick to the doctor’s guidance. Take the medication as advised by your health care consultant.
Inform your physician if your chest pain worsens and side effects are usually mild and reversible. Common side effects include
Some people encounter certain rare side effects like
- erectile dysfunction,
- reduced blood pressure,
- muscle cramps.
Adalat comprises of certain inactive ingredients in it which can cause allergic reactions in your body. Talk to your doctor if you are allergic to this med or if you have any other allergies.
Tell your doctor if you have any heart ailments like aortic stenosis or congestive heart failure. Also make the doctor know if you have any liver or kidney disease before taking this med.
You need to intimate your surgeon or dentist you are taking Adalat and are about have surgery or dental treatment. Control your intake of alcohol when you are taking this medicine.
Grapefruit or grapefruit juice should not be consumed when you take Adalat medicine as grapefruit can increase certain level of medications in the bloodstream.
Take other medications only upon doctor’s recommendation so as to avoid drug interactions.