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Procardia Uses

How Procardia Works

Procardia is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Procardia helps slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and into the walls of the blood vessels. This, in turn, helps to relax the vessels, which allows better blood flow and makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
 
There are two basic types of calcium channel blockers: dihydropyridine and non-dihydropyridine. The most important difference between the two types is that non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers can slow down the heart rate, while dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers do not. Procardia is a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, which means that it does not usually decrease the heart rate. In fact, Procardia can actually increase the heart rate.
 

Procardia Use in Children

Procardia has not been adequately studied in children and is not approved for use in this age group. Be sure to talk to your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Procardia in children.
 

Off-Label Procardia Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Procardia for treating something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label uses of Procardia include the treatment of the following conditions:
 
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