348 nifedipine, nitrofurantoin
(Adalat, Nelapine, Nifecard, Nifed,
Nifedipine is a medicine used to lower
high blood pressure very quickly.
Important: Do not drink grapefruit juice
with nifedipine The medicine will not
work as well.
Side effects: Headache, dizziness, rash,
flushing of the face
Often comes in: Capsules and tablets
of 10 mg
How to use:
Only for sudden high blood pressure
caused by dysrelexia:
Capsule: Bite into the capsule and
swallow it, or make a hole in the capsule
and put under the tongue.
Tablet: Crush and mix with clean water
into a soft paste and put under the
tongue, or chew the tablet and swallow
it with some water.
Interactions with other
With carbamazepine, phenobarbital
or phenytoin: These medicines may not
work as well while taking nifedipine.
WARNING: Nifedipine should
be used only for dysreflexia by
someone with a spinal-cord
injury (see page 117). It should not be
used for ongoing high blood pressure,
hypertension, or heart problems.
Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic used to
treat bladder infections.
Side effects: Nausea or vomiting,
headaches, passing gas. To limit these,
take with food or milk.
Signs of taking too much: Vomiting,
chest pains. Urine may turn dark yellow
Often comes in: Tablets of 25, 50, or
100 mg; suspension of 25 mg/5 ml
How to use:
For bladder infections, take 100 mg
2 times a day for 3 days
Other medicines that may work:
For bladder infections: amoxicillin,
WARNING: People with kidney
problems should not take this
medicine. Women in their last
month of pregnancy should not take this
A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities 2007