11.14 Nifedipine (Procardia)

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Generic Name


Trade Name



hypertension, angina, migraines, CHF


blocks calcium transport resulting in inhibition of contraction causing systemic vasodilatation

Therapeutic Class

antianginals, antihypertensives

Pharmacologic Class

Ca Channel Blocker

Nursing Considerations

• use caution in heart block, decreased blood pressure
• don’t consume grapefruit juice while taking medication
• may cause arrhythmias
• may cause elevated liver function tests
• may cause gingival hyperplasia, Steven’s Johnson syndrome
• monitor blood pressure and pulse
• monitor calcium levels
• instruct patient on taking heart rate and blood pressure

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