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Is Procardia (nifedipine) safe during pregnancy?

Postby fnaz » Sun Dec 23, 2007 01:10 pm

by fnaz (280 Posts), Sun Dec 23, 2007 01:10 pm

I am 5 weeks pregnant now. I am concerned about procardia. I am it taking 30 mg daily.Has anyone here have any experience with it?
Is it safe in pregnancy ? If yes, When did you start taking it ?

Many many thanks in advance for your time and help.
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Re : Is Procardia (nifedipine) safe during pregnancy?

Postby caryn » Sun Dec 23, 2007 01:45 pm

by caryn (10111 Posts), Sun Dec 23, 2007 01:45 pm

I know several of our posters have taken it, but I'm not sure about the dosing. IIRC that's a calcium-channel blocker; we see beta blockers more often, but I'm sure I've seen many people mention Procardia or nifedipine.

Hopefully someone with experience will pop in soon!
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Re : Is Procardia (nifedipine) safe during pregnancy?

Postby mom2ella » Sun Dec 23, 2007 03:55 pm

by mom2ella (238 Posts), Sun Dec 23, 2007 03:55 pm

I'm currently pregnant and have been on Procardia since becoming sick with Ella in May. They plan to keep me on it as I continue to have BP issues. It is one of the older BP meds that they don't use a lot but it is also one of the only ones that is safe for pregnancy. I am currently taking 60mg per day. My family doctor, cardiologist, OB and MFM have all agreed on this medication. Hope this helps!! Good luck.
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Re : Is Procardia (nifedipine) safe during pregnancy?

Postby alviarin » Sun Dec 23, 2007 03:59 pm

by alviarin (1635 Posts), Sun Dec 23, 2007 03:59 pm

quote:
Originally posted by fnaz

I am 5 weeks pregnant now. I am concerned about procardia. I am it taking 30 mg daily.Has anyone here have any experience with it?
Is it safe in pregnancy ? If yes, When did you start taking it ?

Many many thanks in advance for your time and help.



Hi I was on procardia 30 mg XL this year before I switched to verapamil (as a migraine preventative and anti-hypertensive).

Although Procardia is category C like most anti-hypertensives, my cardiologist thought it would be safe for me to continue on if I became pregnant again. He did tell me to come see him in the first and last trimester since I would probably need my dose adjusted upwards due to pregnancy.

I tried Aldomet post-partum- I believe it is category B in pregnancy. Since it is an older drug there is more data on its use during pregnancy, but due to its side effects/ feeling dopey I switched to a calcium channel blocker.

I hope this helps.
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Re : Is Procardia (nifedipine) safe during pregnancy?

Postby missgamecock » Sun Dec 23, 2007 08:12 pm

by missgamecock (6064 Posts), Sun Dec 23, 2007 08:12 pm

I took 60 mg along with 2000 mg of Aldomet with Sara. She turned out fine.

The plan so far is to stick with Ziac for now. I can go up to 10mg if needed. Then they said they could add in a calcium channel blocker such as procardia if needed later on.
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Re : Is Procardia (nifedipine) safe during pregnancy?

Postby newengland10 » Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:42 am

by newengland10 (65 Posts), Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:42 am

I am on nifedical 30XL (generic nifedipine)- got on it right after emergency c-section for PIH and severe PE (36w). If we choose to try this all again, I would stay on it. I had tried Atenelol which made me so dizzy and tired, and Cardizem, same effects. Each person is different in how they respond to an antihypertensive. I am 15 mos postpartum and still haven't been able to wean off completely yet, which I had hoped to and still hope to at some point if we don't have #2.
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Re : Is Procardia (nifedipine) safe during pregnancy?

Postby jana m » Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:48 am

by jana m (1509 Posts), Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:48 am

I took procardia through my entire pregnancy with xander. I actually started taking it after I lost my girls (my bp wouldn't come down) and I never stopped. I started at 30 mg, but by the time I delivered, I was up to 90mg (not because of my bp, but because I was having lots of contractions and the procardia helps to stop them).
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Re : Is Procardia (nifedipine) safe during pregnancy?

Postby missgamecock » Mon Dec 24, 2007 02:46 pm

by missgamecock (6064 Posts), Mon Dec 24, 2007 02:46 pm

Oh yeah, that's another effect, it stops preterm labor. I was on it for that too.
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Re : Is Procardia (nifedipine) safe during pregnancy?

Postby fnaz » Mon Dec 24, 2007 03:09 pm

by fnaz (280 Posts), Mon Dec 24, 2007 03:09 pm

Thanks alot for your input :)
These helped me alot. Looks like it is prescribed very often ..that makes me comfortable.
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Re : Is Procardia (nifedipine) safe during pregnancy?

Postby newengland10 » Mon Dec 24, 2007 08:18 pm

by newengland10 (65 Posts), Mon Dec 24, 2007 08:18 pm

This is a question for janam (if you see it)- sounds like yes, but were you on nifedipine prior to pregnancy - during TTC time? I've heard a few opinions on being on nifedipine while TTC vs. being on while pregnant. Very heartening for those of us who've had scary PE, PIH or HELLP pregnancies to hear of second time around (or third, or more)success stories.
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