Generic Name: nifedipine
Drug Class: calcium channel blocker
Adalat XL Indications
Adalat XL is an oral prescription drug to treat chronic stable angina or effort-associated angina without evidence of vasospasm. This is also indicated to manage mild to moderate essential hypertension.
Adalax XL Dosage Forms
This is available in Adalat XL 30mg, 20 mg, and 60 mg extended-release tablets.
Adalat XL Mechanism of Action
It blocks specific calcium channels in the vascular smooth muscle and myocardial cells, which hampers calcium ion entry into the cells during depolarization. It results in having the capacity to lessen peripheral arterial vascular resistance and stimulate the dilation of coronary arteries. As a result, this medication can reduce blood pressure and increase the oxygen supply in the heart, thus, relieving angina.
How to Take Adalat XL
Before you start taking Adalat XL, you must read the drug information leaflet or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. Do not take this drug or any medication unless you understand the uses and directions. For medical advice, reach out to your doctor or pharmacist.
Adalat XL is usually prescribed once a day. It can be taken with/without a meal. Swallow the XL tablet entirely and drink fluids right after. Splitting or chewing this drug is not recommended as doing so can release the drug rapidly and increase the occurrence of side effects.
Make a dosing schedule. Do not increase or decrease your doses. You should also not take this oral drug more frequently than advised.
Adalat XL Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
Severe Side Effects:
-Worsening chest pain
-Shortness of breath
-Swelling of the lower extremities
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Adalat XL.
If you experience adverse reactions, stop taking Adalat XL and talk to your doctor or healthcare professional.
Warnings and Precautions when using Adalat XL
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to nifedipine or any inactive ingredients the tablet may contain. Be aware of any serious allergy symptoms, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives, and rashes. If any of these symptoms occur, stop taking this drug and seek emergency medical help right away.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of congestive heart failure and aortic stenosis. In addition, you should discuss all the medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medications, supplements, and herbal products.
Dizziness and lightheadedness are among the common adverse effects of this medication. Practice caution when doing tasks that would need alertness, especially driving. You must also limit your consumption of alcoholic drinks.
Avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating anything that has grapefruit. Doing so could possibly increase the level of nifedipine in the system. This could increase the risk of adverse effects.
It is best for pregnant and breastfeeding moms to avoid taking this oral medication. It is known to cause undesirable effects on unborn children, and it can also pass into breastmilk.
How much does Adalat XL cost in Canada?
You can see the list of prices on the top of this page. We also carry generic for a cheaper cost.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Adalat XL used for?
Adalat XL (nifedipine) is indicated to treat and manage certain types of angina or chest pain. It is also being prescribed for people with high blood pressure (hypertension).
When is the best time to take Adalat XL?
There is no specified or recommended time for taking Adalat XL. You may take it any time of the day, provided that you follow a dosing schedule.
Does Adalat XL cause weight gain?
There are some reports of patients experiencing fluid retention while taking this drug. However, if you experience unusual and sudden weight gain or weight loss while on this medication, you must notify your physician immediately.
How long does it take Adalat XL to work?
More often, people taking this oral drug cannot feel that the medication is already working. This medication starts to work within a few hours after it has been administered.
Is Adalat XL long acting?
This variant of Adalat differs from others as it comes in an extended-release formulation. It is known to be long-acting and is only usually prescribed once daily.
Can Adalat XL be bought over the counter?
This product is a prescription drug. You will be required a valid prescription before purchasing from any pharmacy.