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Procardia and Depression

Clinical studies involving Procardia and depression have shown that less than 0.5 percent of people taking the medication reported depression as a side effect. However, it is often difficult to determine if depression is due to the medication alone or to other factors. If you are taking Procardia and depression becomes a problem, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider. He or she may recommend another angina medication.

Procardia and Depression: An Overview

Procardia® (nifedipine) is a prescription medication known as a calcium channel blocker. It is used to treat chest pain (known medically as angina).
 
As with any medicine, there are potential side effects with Procardia. One of these possible side effects is depression.
 

Procardia and Depression: How Common Is It?

The safety and effectiveness of using Procardia has been studied in many people. In these clinical trials, less than 0.5 percent of people reported depression as a side effect of Procardia.
 
The challenge with Procardia and depression is that, given how rarely depression is reported with Procardia and how common it is within the general population, it is difficult to tell whether depression is caused by Procardia alone, other factors, or a combination of both.
 

Procardia and Depression: Suggestions

For people taking Procardia, depression may occur. Therefore, if you notice any possible symptoms of depression while taking Procardia, or if something "just does not seem right," you should talk to your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem. If your healthcare provider believes the medicine may be causing your symptoms, he or she may recommend another angina medicine.
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