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There are many important Procardia XL warnings and precautions to be aware of before starting treatment. Some of these precautions include the safety of taking the medication when pregnant or breastfeeding, potential side effects (such as low blood pressure or water retention), and the risk of the drug making chest pain worse. Prior to taking Procardia XL, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any medical conditions you have and any medications you are taking.
Procardia XL: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Procardia XL® (nifedipine) if you have:
- Heart disease, including congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Low blood pressure
- An esophageal stricture or other narrowing of the digestive tract
- An upcoming surgery
- Aortic stenosis
- Colon cancer
- A history of a bowel obstruction
- Had a gastric bypass or gastric banding surgery
- Had a section of your bowel surgically removed
- A colostomy
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.