Nifedical XL Side Effects
While most people tolerate Nifedical XL well, it is still possible for side effects to occur. Common side effects of Nifedical XL can include swelling, headaches, and fatigue. In most cases, the side effects are minor and easily treated. However, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately if you develop more serious Nifedical XL side effects, such as chest pain, depression, or temporary blindness.
As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with Nifedical XL® (nifedipine). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. When side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Nifedical XL. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Nifedical XL side effects with you.)
Nifedical XL has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common Nifedical XL side effects included:
- Swelling or water retention (edema) -- in up to 30 percent of people
- Headaches -- up to 15.8 percent
- Fatigue -- up to 5.9 percent
- Constipation -- up to 3.3 percent
- Nausea -- up to 3.3 percent.
Other common side effects (occurring in 1 to 3 percent of people) included:
- Insomnia or drowsiness
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
- Dry mouth (see Nifedical XL and Dry Mouth)
- Leg cramps
- Impotence (see Nifedical XL and Impotence).