GENERIC NAME: nifedipine
BRAND NAME: Adalat (discontinued brand), Procardia, Afeditab, Nifediac
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Nifedipine belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers (CCBs) that are used to treat angina (heart pain), high blood pressure, and abnormal heart rhythms. Other drugs in the same class include:
- amlodipine (Norvasc),
- diltiazem (Cardizem LA, Tiazac),
- felodipine (Plendil),
- isradipine (Dynacirc),
- nicardipine (Cardene),
- nimodipine (Nimotop), and
- verapamil (Covera-HS, Veralan PM, Calan).
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