Nifediac Warnings and Precautions
Before beginning treatment with Nifediac CC, warnings and precautions for the medicine should be reviewed and fully understood. For example, the drug may potentially cause low blood pressure or congestive heart failure in some people. Also, you should not take Nifediac CC if you are allergic to any of the ingredients used to make the medication. Warnings and precautions of Nifediac CC also extend to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Nifediac: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Nifediac CC® (nifedipine) if you have:
- Heart disease, including congestive heart failure (CHF)
- An upcoming surgery
- Aortic stenosis
- 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.
Some Nifediac Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of with Nifediac CC include:
- Nifediac CC can cause low blood pressure, especially in people who are also taking beta blockers. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any signs of low blood pressure, such as dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you have any upcoming surgeries. Depending on the type of anesthetic, you may need to stop taking Nifediac CC a few days before surgery.
- Rarely, Nifediac CC can make chest pain worse or even cause heart attacks. This is more likely to occur in people with severe heart disease. Tell your healthcare provider if your chest pain worsens (or if you develop new chest pain) while you are taking Nifediac CC.
- Rarely, people who are taking Nifediac CC along with a beta blocker have developed congestive heart failure (CHF). This is more likely to occur in people with a condition called aortic stenosis.
- Nifediac CC can cause water retention (edema). Because water retention can be dangerous in people who have congestive heart failure, Nifediac CC should be used with caution in people with this medical condition.
- Nifediac CC is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that Nifediac CC may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Nifediac CC during pregnancy (see Nifediac and Pregnancy for more information).
- Nifediac CC passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using Nifediac CC (see Nifediac and Breastfeeding for more information).
- Nifediac CC can interact with certain medications (see Nifediac Drug Interactions).