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Adil Bhaloda
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Adil Bhaloda Pharmacist GPhC: 2086262 Updated on: 23/02/2021 Next review: 23/08/2021

What Is Adipine?

Adipine is a type of calcium blocker used to treat high blood pressure. It is available as a long-acting tablet which helps to lower blood pressure over time.

Short-acting Adipine is used in treating Raynaud’s phenomenon – a condition which causes blood vessels in the hands and feet to spasm, causing numbness and pain.

Where can I buy Adipine online?

You can buy Adipine for blood pressure online from Prescription Doctor’s UK regulated pharmacy. To begin your order, simply complete our online medical form for one of our doctors to review.


How Does Adipine Work?

Adipine contains an active ingredient called nifedipine - a calcium channel blocker. This means that it blocks the calcium channels in the body, which relaxes the muscle cells in the artery walls, allowing the blood (and therefore oxygen) to move more freely through the body. This puts less pressure on the heart and reduces high blood pressure.

The long-acting or prolonged release tablets release the active ingredients steadily over the course of 24 hours.

How long does it take Adipine to work?

Nifedipine, the active ingredient of Adipine, starts working the same day you begin taking it, though you may not notice any changes. It can take a few weeks for the medicine to reach its full effect. It is important to keep taking Adipine as prescribed by your doctor.


How Do I Take Adipine?

Adipine can only be bought in the UK on prescription, so you must see your doctor first. They will be able to determine the right dosage and give you instructions as to how to take Adipine. This will also be printed on the medication’s label.

Long-acting Adipine for high blood pressure is usually taken once every 12 hours (twice a day).

The dosage will depend on what your doctor feels is most suitable.

Swallow Adipine tablets whole with a glass of water.

Do not crush or chew the tablets.

Adipine can be taken with or without food.

What should I do if I forget to take Adipine when I should?

If you forget to take Adipine when you should, take it when you remember unless it is almost time for your next dose. If this is the case, skip the missed dose and start again with the next one. Never take a double dose to make up for a missed tablet.

What should I do if I take too much Adipine?

If you take too much Adipine you should speak to a doctor and go to A&E at your nearest hospital immediately. Do not drive as too much Adipine can cause you dizziness and sleepiness. If you have no one to take you to hospital, call an ambulance. When you go to hospital, take the packaging (including internal leaflet) and any remaining medication with you.


Adipine side effects and cautions

Before you take Adipine, it’s important to read the patient information leaflet which comes enclosed with your medicine. The patient information leaflet contains important information regarding the safety of the medicine you are taking, including how to take it and store it safely.

You can view the Adipine patient information leaflet online here.

Who Should Not Take Adipine?

Due to the nature of the medication, there are some whom Adipine would not be suitable. These include:

  • Anyone with an allergy to the ingredients within Adipine
  • Anyone who is pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • Those with liver diseases
  • Those who suffer from any heart issues including those with unstable angina, heart failure, or who have had a heart attack in the last month
  • People with diabetes

Who Should Get Medical Advice Before Using Adipine?

For some, although Adipine is still prescribed, they will need additional check ups and monitoring to ensure the dose is not adversely affecting these. These include:

  • The elderly
  • Anyone with severe liver problems
  • People who already have very low blood pressure

Adipine And Other Medications

When speaking to your doctor you must mention if you are taking any other medications, including herbal medications, before they prescribe you anything additional, including Adipine. Certain combinations of medication can have a serious adverse effect on the patient. Some medications that should not be combined with Adipine include:

  • St John’s Wort
  • Antibiotics including erythromycin, clarithromycin, and rifamycin
  • Any other calcium channel blockers
  • Any medication for HIV or hepatitis C
  • Anti-epilepsy medication
  • Cimetidine (for stomach ulcers)
  • Digoxin (for heart problems)

Side effects of Adipine

All medicines carry the risk of side effects, though not everybody experiences them. It’s important to be aware of the side effects posed by the medicine you are taking.

Common side effects include:

  • headache
  • flushing
  • feeling generally unwell
  • constipation
  • swelling of the legs and ankles

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Adipine, including a complete list of side effects, can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.

If you experience any side effects of taking Adipine, regardless of whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, it is important to speak to your doctor.

Allergies

Do not take Adipine if you are allergic to nifedipine or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.

If you experience the signs of an allergic reaction, stop taking Adipine and seek immediate medical attention by going straight to your nearest A&E department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you so that doctors treating you know exactly what you have taken.

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Chest tightening
  • Dry, red and cracked skin
  • Itchy, red watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Speak to your doctor before taking Adipine if you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not take Adipine if you are breastfeeding.

Other safety information

Inform our doctor of all medicine you are currently taking, including those prescribed by your doctor, or bought over the counter, as well as health and herbal supplements.

Do not take Adipine past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date refers to the last day of the specified month.

Never throw away medicine via household or water waste as this can damage the environment. We encourage you to take any unwanted or expired medicine to your local pharmacy and ask them to dispose them safely on your behalf.

Always store Adipine out of sight and reach from children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or have been diagnosed with the same condition as you.


Frequently asked questions

Can I drink alcohol while taking Adipine?

You can drink alcohol while taking Adipine. However, if you do and you experience any side effects such as light headedness, dizziness, or sleepiness, it is best not to drink alcohol when you are prescribed Adipine.

Will Adipine impact my ability to drive or operate machinery?

In normal circumstances, Adipine will have no negative impact on your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, if you experience any dizziness or tiredness, you should not carry out these activities.

What happens if I stop taking Adipine?

If you stop taking Adipine, your blood pressure will likely revert back to being high, increasing your risk of cardiovascular issues such as heart attack and stroke. You should not come off Adipine without first speaking to your doctor.

Will nifedipine affect my contraception?

Nifedipine does not interact with hormonal contraceptives. However, some hormonal contraceptives such as the combined contraceptive pill are not suitable for women with high blood pressure.

Speak to your doctor for further advice.

If my blood pressure decreases, can I stop taking Adipine?

Blood pressure medication is usually taken for the rest of your life.

Even though your blood pressure may decrease, it is important to continue taking Adipine. If you stop taking the medicine, you could risk your blood pressure rising again.

Are there any special dietary requirements while taking Adipine?

You should avoid grapefruit while taking Adipine. Grapefruit can interact with Adipine and worsen side effects.

While treating high blood pressure, it’s important to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Avoid foods with high fat and sugar content when you can. Try to incorporate plenty of fruit and vegetables into your diet.


Treatment information

  • Product Name: Adipine
  • Manufacturer: Thornton and Ross Ltd
  • Active Ingredient(s): Nifedipine
  • Administration: Oral
  • Presentation: Tablets
  • Available Strength: 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 60mg
  • Exemption: Prescription only
  • Dosage: Take one tablet twice daily
  • Description: Adipine is an antihypertensive medicine which contains nifedipine.
  • Drug Class: Calcium channel blocker
  • Alcohol Consumption: Limit alcohol consumption while treating high blood pressure.
  • When Pregnant: Speak to your doctor before taking Adipine if you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant.
  • When Breastfeeding: Do not take Adipine if you are breastfeeding
Click here to view the Adipine - Patient Information Leaflet

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