Procardia and Erectile Dysfunction
Sexual side effects such as erectile dysfunction can occur in patients taking Procardia. Clinical studies involving Procardia and sexual problems have shown that 0.5 to 2 percent of people taking the medication had sexual difficulties. If you are taking Procardia and erectile dysfunction becomes a problem, talk with your healthcare provider. There is treatment that he or she may be able to recommend.
Procardia and Erectile Dysfunction: An OverviewProcardia® (nifedipine) is a prescription medication known as a calcium channel blocker. It is used to treat chest pain (known medically as angina). Like most medicines, there are possible side effects that can occur. Sexual problems (such as erectile dysfunction) may make up some of these side effects.
In studies, sexual difficulties were reported in 0.5 to 2 percent of people taking Procardia. It is likely that a large part of such "sexual difficulties" include erectile dysfunction.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction?Erectile dysfunction (or ED for short) is usually defined as a total inability to achieve an erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. Ultimately, erectile dysfunction is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction is also known as impotence.
Procardia and Erectile Dysfunction -- What Should You Do?It is impossible for your healthcare provider to know whether you will develop erectile dysfunction while taking Procardia. It may also be difficult to know whether erectile dysfunction is caused by the medication alone or other problems.
If you are taking Procardia and erectile dysfunction becomes a problem, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. There is treatment that he or she may be able to recommend. Depending on the severity of the erectile dysfunction, he or she may also recommend that you take an erectile dysfunction medicine, adjust your Procardia dosage, or try another angina medication.