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For men who are taking Nifediac CC, impotence is a possibility. Clinical studies have shown that 1 to 3 percent of men taking the medication reported problems with impotence. If you are taking Nifediac CC and experience impotence, your healthcare provider may recommend an erectile dysfunction medication, adjust your Nifediac CC dosage, or prescribe another high blood pressure medicine.

Nifediac and Impotence: An Overview

Nifediac CC® (nifedipine) is a prescription medication known as a calcium channel blocker. It is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Like most medicines, there are possible side effects that can occur. Impotence may be one of these side effects.
In studies, impotence was reported in 1 to 3 percent of men taking Nifediac CC.

What Is Impotence?

Impotence is usually defined as a total inability to achieve an erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. Ultimately, impotence is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Impotence is also known as erectile dysfunction (or ED for short).

Nifediac and Impotence -- What Should You Do?

It is impossible for your healthcare provider to know whether you will develop impotence while taking Nifediac CC. It may also be difficult to know whether impotence is caused by the medication itself or other problems.
If you are taking Nifediac CC and impotence becomes a problem, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. There is treatment that he or she may be able to recommend. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, he or she may also recommend that you take an erectile dysfunction medicine, adjust your Nifediac CC dosage, or try another blood pressure medication.
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