Nifedepine Taj Pharma is a drug belonging to a class of pharmacological agents known as the calcium channel blockers. Nifedepine Taj Pharma is 3,5-pyridinedicarboxylic acid, 1,4-dihydro-2,6-dimethyl-4-(2-nitrophenyl)-, dimethyl ester, C 17H 18N 2O 6, and has the structural formula:

Nifedepine Taj Pharma is a yellow crystalline substance, practically insoluble in water but soluble in ethanol. It has a molecular weight of 346.3. Nifedepine Taj Pharma GITS (Gastrointestinal Therapeutic System) tablet is formulated as a once-a-day controlled-release tablet for oral administration designed to deliver 30, 60, or 90mg ofNifedepine Taj Pharma.

Inert ingredients in the formulations are: cellulose acetate; ferric oxide; hypromellose; magnesium stearate; polyethylene glycol; polyethylene oxide; potassium chloride; povidone; sodium chloride; titanium dioxide; propylene glycol and black iron oxide.

The USP Dissolution Test is pending.

  1. Name of the medicinal product

Nifedipine Extended-Release Tablet USP 30mg Taj Pharma
Nifedipine Extended-Release Tablet USP 60mg Taj Pharma
Nifedipine Extended-Release Tablet USP 90mg Taj Pharma

  1. Qualitative and quantitative composition

a)Nifedipine Extended-Release Tablet USP 30mg Taj Pharma
Each ER-film coated Tablets contains:
Nifedepine USP 30mg
Excipients: Q.S.

b)Nifedipine Extended-Release Tablet USP 60mg Taj Pharma
Each ER-film coated Tablets contains:
Nifedepine USP 60mg
Excipients: Q.S.

c)Nifedipine Extended-Release Tablet USP 90mg Taj Pharma
Each ER-film coated Tablets contains:
Nifedepine USP 90mg
Excipients: Q.S.

  1. Pharmaceutical form

Extended-Release film coated Tablet

System Components and Performance

Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets are similar in appearance to a conventional tablet. It consists, however, of a semipermeable membrane surrounding an osmotically active drug core. The core itself is divided into two layers: an “active” layer containing the drug and a “push” layer containing pharmacologically inert (but osmotically active) components. As water from the gastrointestinal tract enters the tablet, pressure increases in the osmotic layer and “pushes” against the drug layer, releasing drug through the precision laser-drilled tablet orifice in the active layer.

Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets are designed to provideNifedepine Taj Pharma at an approximately constant rate over 24 hours. This controlled rate of drug delivery into the gastrointestinal lumen is independent of pH or gastrointestinal motility. Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets depend for its action on the existence of an osmotic gradient between the contents of the bi-layer core and fluid in the gastrointestinal tract. Drug delivery is essentially constant as long as the osmotic gradient remains constant, and then gradually falls to zero. Upon swallowing, the biologically inert components of the tablet remain intact during gastrointestinal transit and are eliminated in the feces as an insoluble shell.


Nifedepine Taj Pharma is a calcium ion influx inhibitor (slow-channel blocker or calcium ion antagonist) and inhibits the transmembrane influx of calcium ions into cardiac muscle and smooth muscle. The contractile processes of cardiac muscle and vascular smooth muscle are dependent upon the movement of extracellular calcium ions into these cells through specific ion channels. Nifedepine Taj Pharma selectively inhibits calcium ion influx across the cell membrane of cardiac muscle and vascular smooth muscle without altering serum calcium concentrations.

Mechanism of Action

  1. A) Angina

The precise mechanisms by which inhibition of calcium influx relieves angina has not been fully determined, but includes at least the following two mechanisms:

1) Relaxation and Prevention of Coronary Artery Spasm

Nifedepine Taj Pharma dilates the main coronary arteries and coronary arterioles, both in normal and ischemic regions, and is a potent inhibitor of coronary artery spasm, whether spontaneous or ergonovine-induced. This property increases myocardial oxygen delivery in patients with coronary artery spasm, and is responsible for the effectiveness ofNifedepine Taj Pharma in vasospastic (Prinzmetal’s or variant) angina. Whether this effect plays any role in classical angina is not clear, but studies of exercise tolerance have not shown an increase in the maximum exercise rate-pressure product, a widely accepted measure of oxygen utilization. This suggests that, in general, relief of spasm or dilation of coronary arteries is not an important factor in classical angina.

2) Reduction of Oxygen Utilization

Nifedepine Taj Pharma regularly reduces arterial pressure at rest and at a given level of exercise by dilating peripheral arterioles and reducing the total peripheral vascular resistance (afterload) against which the heart works. This unloading of the heart reduces myocardial energy consumption and oxygen requirements, and probably accounts for the effectiveness of Nifedepine Taj Pharma in chronic stable angina.

  1. B) Hypertension

The mechanism by which Nifedepine Taj Pharma reduces arterial blood pressure involves peripheral arterial vasodilatation and the resulting reduction in peripheral vascular resistance. The increased peripheral vascular resistance that is an underlying cause of hypertension results from an increase in active tension in the vascular smooth muscle. Studies have demonstrated that the increase in active tension reflects an increase in cytosolic free calcium.

Nifedepine Taj Pharma is a peripheral arterial vasodilator which acts directly on vascular smooth muscle. The binding of Nifedepine Taj Pharma to voltage-dependent and possibly receptor-operated channels in vascular smooth muscle results in an inhibition of calcium influx through these channels. Stores of intracellular calcium in vascular smooth muscle are limited and thus dependent upon the influx of extracellular calcium for contraction to occur. The reduction in calcium influx by Nifedepine Taj Pharma causes arterial vasodilation and decreased peripheral vascular resistance which results in reduced arterial blood pressure.

Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism

Nifedepine Taj Pharma is completely absorbed after oral administration. Plasma drug concentrations rise at a gradual, controlled rate after a Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets dose and reach a plateau at approximately six hours after the first dose. For subsequent doses, relatively constant plasma concentrations at this plateau are maintained with minimal fluctuations over the 24-hour dosing interval. About a four-fold higher fluctuation index (ratio of peak to trough plasma concentration) was observed with the conventional immediate-release Nifedepine Taj Pharma capsule at t.i.d. dosing than with once daily Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets. At steady-state, the bioavailability of the Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets is 86% relative to Nifedepine Taj Pharma capsules. Administration of the Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets in the presence of food slightly alters the early rate of drug absorption, but does not influence the extent of drug bioavailability. Markedly reduced gastrointestinal retention time over prolonged periods (i.e., short bowel syndrome), however, may influence the pharmacokinetic profile of the drug which could potentially result in lower plasma concentrations. Pharmacokinetics of Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets are linear over the dose range of 30 to 180mg in that plasma drug concentrations are proportional to dose administered. There was no evidence of dose dumping either in the presence or absence of food for over 150 subjects in pharmacokinetic studies.

Nifedepine Taj Pharma is extensively metabolized to highly water-soluble, inactive metabolites, accounting for 60 to 80% of the dose excreted in the urine. The elimination half-life of Nifedepine Taj Pharma is approximately two hours. Only traces (less than 0.1% of the dose) of unchanged form can be detected in the urine. The remainder is excreted in the feces in metabolized form, most likely as a result of biliary excretion. Thus, the pharmacokinetics of Nifedepine Taj Pharma are not significantly influenced by the degree of renal impairment. Patients in hemodialysis or chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis have not reported significantly altered pharmacokinetics of Nifedepine Taj Pharma. Since hepatic biotransformation is the predominant route for the disposition of Nifedepine Taj Pharma, the pharmacokinetics may be altered in patients with chronic liver disease. Patients with hepatic impairment (liver cirrhosis) have a longer disposition half-life and higher bioavailability of Nifedepine Taj Pharma than healthy volunteers. The degree of serum protein binding of Nifedepine Taj Pharma is high (92 to 98%). Protein binding may be greatly reduced in patients with renal or hepatic impairment.

Following intravenous administration, clearance of Nifedepine Taj Pharma was decreased by 33% in elderly healthy subjects relative to young healthy subjects.


Like other slow-channel blockers, Nifedepine Taj Pharma exerts a negative inotropic effect on isolated myocardial tissue. This is rarely, if ever, seen in intact animals or man, probably because of reflex responses to its vasodilating effects. In man, Nifedepine Taj Pharma decreases peripheral vascular resistance which leads to a fall in systolic and diastolic pressures, usually minimal in normotensive volunteers (less than 5 to 10 mm Hg systolic), but sometimes larger. With Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets, these decreases in blood pressure are not accompanied by any significant change in heart rate. Hemodynamic studies in patients with normal ventricular function have generally found a small increase in cardiac index without major effects on ejection fraction, left ventricular end diastolic pressure (LVEDP), or volume (LVEDV). In patients with impaired ventricular function, most acute studies have shown some increase in ejection fraction and reduction in left ventricular filling pressure.

Electrophysiologic Effects

Although, like other members of its class, Nifedepine Taj Pharma causes a slight depression of sinoatrial node function and atrioventricular conduction in isolated myocardial preparations, such effects have not been seen in studies in intact animals or in man. In formal electrophysiologic studies, predominantly in patients with normal conduction systems, Nifedepine Taj Pharma has had no tendency to prolong atrioventricular conduction or sinus node recovery time, or to slow sinus rate.


  1. Vasospastic Angina

Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets are indicated for the management of vasospastic angina confirmed by any of the following criteria: 1) classical pattern of angina at rest accompanied by ST segment elevation, 2) angina or coronary artery spasm provoked by ergonovine, or 3) angiographically demonstrated coronary artery spasm. In those patients who have had angiography, the presence of significant fixed obstructive disease is not incompatible with the diagnosis of vasospastic angina, provided that the above criteria are satisfied. Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets may also be used where the clinical presentation suggests a possible vasospastic component, but where vasospasm has not been confirmed, e.g., where pain has a variable threshold on exertion, or in unstable angina where electrocardiographic findings are compatible with intermittent vasospasm, or when angina is refractory to nitrates and/or adequate doses of beta blockers.

  1. Chronic Stable Angina
  • (Classical Effort-Associated Angina)

Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets are indicated for the management of chronic stable angina (effort-associated angina) without evidence of vasospasm in patients who remain symptomatic despite adequate doses of beta blockers and/or organic nitrates or who cannot tolerate those agents.

In chronic stable angina (effort-associated angina), Nifedepine Taj Pharma has been effective in controlled trials of up to eight weeks duration in reducing angina frequency and increasing exercise tolerance, but confirmation of sustained effectiveness and evaluation of long-term safety in these patients is incomplete.

Controlled studies in small numbers of patients suggest concomitant use ofNifedepine Taj Pharma and beta-blocking agents may be beneficial in patients with chronic stable angina, but available information is not sufficient to predict with confidence the effects of concurrent treatment, especially in patients with compromised left ventricular function or cardiac conduction abnormalities. When introducing such concomitant therapy, care must be taken to monitor blood pressure closely, since severe hypotension can occur from the combined effects of the drugs. (See WARNINGS)

III. Hypertension

Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets are indicated for the treatment of hypertension, to lower blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure reduces the risk of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events, primarily strokes and myocardial infarctions. These benefits have been seen in controlled trials of antihypertensive drugs from a wide variety of pharmacologic classes includingNifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets.

Control of high blood pressure should be part of comprehensive cardiovascular risk management, including, as appropriate, lipid control, diabetes management, antithrombotic therapy, smoking cessation, exercise, and limited sodium intake. Many patients will require more than one drug to achieve blood pressure goals. For specific advice on goals and management, see published guidelines, such as those of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program’s Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC).

Numerous antihypertensive drugs, from a variety of pharmacologic classes and with different mechanisms of action, have been shown in randomized controlled trials to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and it can be concluded that it is blood pressure reduction, and not some other pharmacologic property of the drugs, that is largely responsible for those benefits. The largest and most consistent cardiovascular outcome benefit has been a reduction in the risk of stroke, but reductions in myocardial infarction and cardiovascular mortality also have been seen regularly.

Elevated systolic or diastolic pressure causes increased cardiovascular risk, and the absolute risk increase per mmHg is greater at higher blood pressures, so that even modest reductions of severe hypertension can provide substantial benefit. Relative risk reduction from blood pressure reduction is similar across populations with varying absolute risk, so the absolute benefit is greater in patients who are at higher risk independent of their hypertension (for example, patients with diabetes or hyperlipidemia), and such patients would be expected to benefit from more aggressive treatment to a lower blood pressure goal.

Some antihypertensive drugs have smaller blood pressure effects (as monotherapy) in black patients, and many antihypertensive drugs have additional approved indications and effects (e.g., on angina, heart failure, or diabetic kidney disease). These considerations may guide selection of therapy.

Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets may be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents.


Known hypersensitivity reaction toNifedepine Taj Pharma.


Excessive Hypotension

Although in most angina patients the hypotensive effect ofNifedepine Taj Pharma is modest and well tolerated, occasional patients have had excessive and poorly tolerated hypotension. These responses have usually occurred during initial titration or at the time of subsequent upward dosage adjustment, and may be more likely in patients on concomitant beta blockers.

Severe hypotension and/or increased fluid volume requirements have been reported in patients receiving Nifedepine Taj Pharma together with a beta-blocking agent who underwent coronary artery bypass surgery using high dose fentanyl anesthesia. The interaction with high dose fentanyl appears to be due to the combination ofNifedepine Taj Pharma and a beta blocker, but the possibility that it may occur with Nifedepine Taj Pharma alone, with low doses of fentanyl, in other surgical procedures, or with other narcotic analgesics cannot be ruled out. InNifedepine Taj Pharma-treated patients where surgery using high dose fentanyl anesthesia is contemplated, the physician should be aware of these potential problems and, if the patient’s condition permits, sufficient time (at least 36 hours) should be allowed for Nifedepine Taj Pharma to be washed out of the body prior to surgery.

The following information should be taken into account in those patients who are being treated for hypertension as well as angina:

Increased Angina and/or Myocardial Infarction

Rarely, patients, particularly those who have severe obstructive coronary artery disease, have developed well documented increased frequency, duration and/or severity of angina or acute myocardial infarction on starting Nifedepine Taj Pharma or at the time of dosage increase. The mechanism of this effect is not established.

Beta Blocker Withdrawal

It is important to taper beta blockers if possible, rather than stopping them abruptly before beginning Nifedepine Taj Pharma. Patients recently withdrawn from beta blockers may develop a withdrawal syndrome with increased angina, probably related to increased sensitivity to catecholamines. Initiation of Nifedepine Taj Pharma treatment will not prevent this occurrence and on occasion has been reported to increase it.

Congestive Heart Failure

Rarely, patients, usually receiving a beta blocker, have developed heart failure after beginningNifedepine Taj Pharma. Patients with tight aortic stenosis may be at greater risk for such an event, as the unloading effect ofNifedepine Taj Pharma would be expected to be of less benefit, owing to the fixed impedance to flow across the aortic valve in these patients.

Gastrointestinal Obstruction Requiring Surgery

There have been rare reports of obstructive symptoms in patients with known strictures in association with the ingestion ofNifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets. Bezoars can occur in very rare cases and may require surgical intervention.

Cases of serious gastrointestinal obstruction have been identified in patients with no known gastrointestinal disease, including the need for hospitalization and surgical intervention.

Risk factors for a gastrointestinal obstruction identified from post-marketing reports of Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets (GITS tablet formulation) include alteration in gastrointestinal anatomy (e.g., severe gastrointestinal narrowing, colon cancer, small bowel obstruction, bowel resection, gastric bypass, vertical banded gastroplasty, colostomy, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, and inflammatory bowel disease), hypomotility disorders (e.g., constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, ileus, obesity, hypothyroidism, and diabetes) and concomitant medications (e.g., H2-histamine blockers, opiates, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, laxatives, anticholinergic agents, levothyroxine, and neuromuscular blocking agents).

Gastrointestinal Ulcers

Cases of tablet adherence to the gastrointestinal wall with ulceration have been reported, some requiring hospitalization and intervention.


General – Hypotension: BecauseNifedepine Taj Pharma decreases peripheral vascular resistance, careful monitoring of blood pressure during the initial administration and titration of Nifedepine Taj Pharma is suggested. Close observation is especially recommended for patients already taking medications that are known to lower blood pressure. (See WARNINGS)

Peripheral Edema: Mild to moderate peripheral edema occurs in a dose dependent manner with an incidence ranging from approximately 10% to about 30% at the highest dose studied (180mg). It is a localized phenomenon thought to be associated with vasodilation of dependent arterioles and small blood vessels and not due to left ventricular dysfunction or generalized fluid retention. With patients whose angina or hypertension is complicated by congestive heart failure, care should be taken to differentiate this peripheral edema from the effects of increasing left ventricular dysfunction.

Information for Patients: Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets should be swallowed whole. Do not chew, divide or crush tablets. Do not be concerned if you occasionally notice in your stool something that looks like a tablet. InNifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets, the medication is contained within a nonabsorbable shell that has been specially designed to slowly release the drug for your body to absorb. When this process is completed, the empty tablet is eliminated from your body.

Laboratory Tests: Rare, usually transient, but occasionally significant elevations of enzymes such as alkaline phosphatase, CPK, LDH, SGOT and SGPT have been noted. The relationship toNifedepine Taj Pharma therapy is uncertain in most cases, but probable in some. These laboratory abnormalities have rarely been associated with clinical symptoms; however, cholestasis with or without jaundice has been reported. A small (5.4%) increase in mean alkaline phosphatase was noted in patients treated withNifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets. This was an isolated finding not associated with clinical symptoms and it rarely resulted in values which fell outside the normal range. Rare instances of allergic hepatitis have been reported. In controlled studies,Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets did not adversely affect serum uric acid, glucose, or cholesterol. Serum potassium was unchanged in patients receivingNifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets in the absence of concomitant diuretic therapy, and slightly decreased in patients receiving concomitant diuretics.

Nifedepine Taj Pharma, like other calcium channel blockers, decreases platelet aggregation in vitro. Limited clinical studies have demonstrated a moderate but statistically significant decrease in platelet aggregation and an increase in bleeding time in someNifedepine Taj Pharma patients. This is thought to be a function of inhibition of calcium transport across the platelet membrane. No clinical significance for these findings has been demonstrated.

Positive direct Coombs test with/without hemolytic anemia has been reported, but a causal relationship betweenNifedepine Taj Pharma administration and positivity of this laboratory test, including hemolysis, could not be determined.

AlthoughNifedepine Taj Pharma has been used safely in patients with renal dysfunction and has been reported to exert a beneficial effect, in certain cases, rare, reversible elevations in BUN and serum creatinine have been reported in patients with preexisting chronic renal insufficiency. The relationship toNifedepine Taj Pharma therapy is uncertain in most cases but probable in some.

Drug Interactions: Beta-adrenergic blocking agents: (See INDICATIONS AND USAGE and WARNINGS) Experience in over 1400 patients with Nifedepine Taj Pharma capsules in a noncomparative clinical trial has shown that concomitant administration of Nifedepine Taj Pharma and beta-blocking agents is usually well tolerated, but there have been occasional literature reports suggesting that the combination may increase the likelihood of congestive heart failure, severe hypotension, or exacerbation of angina.

Long-acting Nitrates: Nifedepine Taj Pharma may be safely coadministered with nitrates, but there have been no controlled studies to evaluate the antianginal effectiveness of this combination.

Digitalis: Administration ofNifedepine Taj Pharma with digoxin increased digoxin levels in nine of twelve normal volunteers. The average increase was 45%. Another investigator found no increase in digoxin levels in thirteen patients with coronary artery disease. In an uncontrolled study of over two hundred patients with congestive heart failure during which digoxin blood levels were not measured, digitalis toxicity was not observed. Since there have been isolated reports of patients with elevated digoxin levels, it is recommended that digoxin levels be monitored when initiating, adjusting, and discontinuing Nifedepine Taj Pharma to avoid possible over- or under-digitalization.

Coumarin Anticoagulants: There have been rare reports of increased prothrombin time in patients taking coumarin anticoagulants to whomNifedepine Taj Pharma was administered. However, the relationship to Nifedepine Taj Pharma therapy is uncertain.

Cimetidine: A study in six healthy volunteers has shown a significant increase in peak Nifedepine Taj Pharma plasma levels (80%) and area-under-the-curve (74%), after a one week course of cimetidine at 1000mg per day and Nifedepine Taj Pharma at 40mg per day. Ranitidine produced smaller, non-significant increases. The effect may be mediated by the known inhibition of cimetidine on hepatic cytochrome P-450, the enzyme system probably responsible for the first-pass metabolism of Nifedepine Taj Pharma. If Nifedepine Taj Pharma therapy is initiated in a patient currently receiving cimetidine, cautious titration is advised.

Nifedepine Taj Pharma is metabolized by CYP3A4. Coadministration ofNifedepine Taj Pharma with phenytoin, an inducer of CYP3A4, lowers the systemic exposure to Nifedepine Taj Pharma by approximately 70%. Avoid coadministration of Nifedepine Taj Pharma with phenytoin or any known CYP3A4 inducer or consider an alternative antihypertensive therapy.

CYP3A inhibitors such as fluconazole, itraconazole, clarithromycin, erythromycin, nefazodone, fluoxetine, saquinavir, indinavir, and nelfinavir may result in increased exposure toNifedepine Taj Pharma when coadministered. Careful monitoring and dose adjustment may be necessary; consider initiating Nifedepine Taj Pharma at the lowest dose available if given concomitantly with these medications.

Other Interactions:

Grapefruit Juice: Coadministration of Nifedepine Taj Pharma with grapefruit juice resulted in approximately a doubling in Nifedepine Taj Pharma AUC and C max with no change in half-life. The increased plasma concentrations most likely result from inhibition of CYP 3A4 related first-pass metabolism. Avoid ingestion of grapefruit and grapefruit juice should be avoided while taking Nifedepine Taj Pharma.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility: Nifedepine Taj Pharma was administered orally to rats for two years and was not shown to be carcinogenic. When given to rats prior to mating, Nifedepine Taj Pharma caused reduced fertility at a dose approximately 5 times the maximum recommended human dose. There is a literature report of reversible reduction in the ability of human sperm obtained from a limited number of infertile men taking recommended doses of Nifedepine Taj Pharma to bind to and fertilize an ovum in vitro. In vivo mutagenicity studies were negative.

Pregnancy: Pregnancy Category C: Nifedepine Taj Pharma has been shown to produce teratogenic findings in rats and rabbits, including digital anomalies similar to those reported for phenytoin. Digital anomalies have been reported to occur with other members of the dihydropyridine class and are possibly a result of compromised uterine blood flow. Nifedepine Taj Pharma administration was associated with a variety of embryotoxic, placentotoxic, and fetotoxic effects, including stunted fetuses (rats, mice, rabbits), rib deformities (mice), cleft palate (mice), small placentas and underdeveloped chorionic villi (monkeys), embryonic and fetal deaths (rats, mice, rabbits), and prolonged pregnancy/decreased neonatal survival (rats; not evaluated in other species). On amg/kg basis, all of the doses associated with the teratogenic embryotoxic or fetotoxic effects in animals were higher (5 to 50 times) than the maximum recommended human dose of 120mg/day. On amg/m 2 basis, some doses were higher and some were lower than the maximum recommended human dose, but all are within an order of magnitude of it. The doses associated with placentotoxic effects in monkeys were equivalent to or lower than the maximum recommended human dose on amg/m 2 basis.

There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk.

Lactation: Nifedepine Taj Pharma is transferred through breast milk. Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets should be used during breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk.

Pediatric Use: Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.

Geriatric Use: Age appears to have a significant effect on the pharmacokinetics of Nifedepine Taj Pharma. The clearance is decreased resulting in a higher AUC in the elderly. These changes are not due to changes in renal function (see CLINICALPHARMACOLOGYPharmacokinetics).


Over 1000 patients from both controlled and open trials with Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets in hypertension and angina were included in the evaluation of adverse experiences. All side effects reported during Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets therapy were tabulated independent of their causal relation to medication. The most common side effect reported with Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets was edema which was dose related and ranged in frequency from approximately 10% to about 30% at the highest dose studied (180mg). Other common adverse experiences reported in placebo-controlled trials include:

Nifedepine Taj Pharma Extended-Release Tablets (%)
Placebo (%)
Adverse Effect

Of these, only edema and headache were more common in Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets patients than placebo patients.

The following adverse reactions occurred with an incidence of less than 3.0%. With the exception of leg cramps, the incidence of these side effects was similar to that of placebo alone.

Body as a Whole/Systemic: asthenia, flushing, pain

Cardiovascular: palpitations

Central Nervous System: insomnia, nervousness, paresthesia, somnolence

Dermatologic: pruritus, rash

Gastrointestinal: abdominal pain, diarrhea, dry mouth, dyspepsia, flatulence

Musculoskeletal: arthralgia, leg cramps

Respiratory: chest pain (nonspecific), dyspnea

Urogenital: impotence, polyuria

Other adverse reactions were reported sporadically with an incidence of 1.0% or less. These include:

Body as a Whole/Systemic: face edema, fever, hot flashes, malaise, periorbital edema, rigors

Cardiovascular: arrhythmia, hypotension, increased angina, tachycardia, syncope

Central Nervous System: anxiety, ataxia, decreased libido, depression, hypertonia, hypoesthesia, migraine, paroniria, tremor, vertigo

Dermatologic: alopecia, increased sweating, urticaria, purpura

Gastrointestinal: eructation, gastroesophageal reflux, gum hyperplasia, melena, vomiting, weight increase

Musculoskeletal: back pain, gout, myalgias

Respiratory: coughing, epistaxis, upper respiratory tract infection, respiratory disorder, sinusitis

Special Senses: abnormal lacrimation, abnormal vision, taste perversion, tinnitus

Urogenital/Reproductive: breast pain, dysuria, hematuria, nocturia

Adverse experiences which occurred in less than 1 in 1000 patients cannot be distinguished from concurrent disease states or medications.

The following adverse experiences, reported in less than 1% of patients, occurred under conditions (e.g., open trials, marketing experience) where a causal relationship is uncertain: gastrointestinal irritation, gastrointestinal bleeding, gynecomastia.

Gastrointestinal obstruction resulting in hospitalization and surgery, including the need for bezoar removal, has occurred in association with Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets, even in patients with no prior history of gastrointestinal disease. (See WARNINGS)

Cases of tablet adherence to the gastrointestinal wall with ulceration have been reported, some requiring hospitalization and intervention.

In multiple-dose U.S. and foreign controlled studies with Nifedepine Taj Pharma capsules in which adverse reactions were reported spontaneously, adverse effects were frequent but generally not serious and rarely required discontinuation of therapy or dosage adjustment. Most were expected consequences of the vasodilator effects of Nifedepine Taj Pharma.

Adverse Effect
Nifedepine Taj Pharma Capsules (%)
Placebo (%)
Dizziness, lightheadedness, giddiness2715
Flushing, heat sensation258
Nausea, heartburn118
Muscle cramps, tremor83
Peripheral edema71
Nervousness, mood changes74
Dyspnea, cough, wheezing63
Nasal congestion, sore throat68

There is also a large uncontrolled experience in over 2100 patients in the United States. Most of the patients had vasospastic or resistant angina pectoris, and about half had concomitant treatment with beta-adrenergic blocking agents. The relatively common adverse events were similar in nature to those seen with Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets.

In addition, more serious adverse events were observed, not readily distinguishable from the natural history of the disease in these patients. It remains possible, however, that some or many of these events were drug related. Myocardial infarction occurred in about 4% of patients and congestive heart failure or pulmonary edema in about 2%. Ventricular arrhythmias or conduction disturbances each occurred in fewer than 0.5% of patients.

In a subgroup of over 1000 patients receiving Nifedepine Taj Pharma with concomitant beta blocker therapy, the pattern and incidence of adverse experiences was not different from that of the entire group of Nifedepine Taj Pharma-treated patients. (See PRECAUTIONS)

In a subgroup of approximately 250 patients with a diagnosis of congestive heart failure as well as angina, dizziness or lightheadedness, peripheral edema, headache, or flushing each occurred in one in eight patients. Hypotension occurred in about one in 20 patients. Syncope occurred in approximately one patient in 250. Myocardial infarction or symptoms of congestive heart failure each occurred in about one patient in 15. Atrial or ventricular dysrhythmias each occurred in about one patient in 150.

In post-marketing experience, there have been rare reports of exfoliative dermatitis caused by Nifedepine Taj Pharma. There have been rare reports of exfoliative or bullous skin adverse events (such as erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis) and photosensitivity reactions. Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis also has been reported.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Taj Pharmaceuticals


Experience with Nifedepine Taj Pharma overdosage is limited. Generally, overdosage with Nifedepine Taj Pharma leading to pronounced hypotension calls for active cardiovascular support, including monitoring of cardiovascular and respiratory function, elevation of extremities, judicious use of calcium infusion, pressor agents, and fluids. Clearance of Nifedepine Taj Pharma would be expected to be prolonged in patients with impaired liver function. Since Nifedepine Taj Pharma is highly protein-bound, dialysis is not likely to be of any benefit.

There has been one reported case of massive overdosage with Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets. The main effects of ingestion of approximately 4800mg of Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets in a young man attempting suicide as a result of cocaine-induced depression was initial dizziness, palpitations, flushing, and nervousness. Within several hours of ingestion, nausea, vomiting, and generalized edema developed. No significant hypotension was apparent at presentation, 18 hours post-ingestion. Electrolyte abnormalities consisted of a mild, transient elevation of serum creatinine, and modest elevations of LDH and CPK, but normal SGOT. Vital signs remained stable, no electrocardiographic abnormalities were noted, and renal function returned to normal within 24 to 48 hours with routine supportive measures alone. No prolonged sequelae were observed.

The effect of a single 900mg ingestion of Nifedepine Taj Pharma capsules in a depressed anginal patient also on tricyclic antidepressants was loss of consciousness within 30 minutes of ingestion, and profound hypotension, which responded to calcium infusion, pressor agents, and fluid replacement. A variety of ECG abnormalities were seen in this patient with a history of bundle branch block, including sinus bradycardia and varying degrees of AV block. These dictated the prophylactic placement of a temporary ventricular pacemaker, but otherwise resolved spontaneously. Significant hyperglycemia was seen initially in this patient, but plasma glucose levels rapidly normalized without further treatment.

A young hypertensive patient with advanced renal failure ingested 280mg of Nifedepine Taj Pharma capsules at one time, with resulting marked hypotension responding to calcium infusion and fluids. No AV conduction abnormalities, arrhythmias, or pronounced changes in heart rate were noted, nor was there any further deterioration in renal function.


Dosage must be adjusted according to each patient’s needs. Therapy for either hypertension or angina should be initiated with 30 or 60mg once daily. Nifedepine Taj Pharma Extended-Release Tablets USP should be swallowed whole and should not be bitten or divided. In general, titration should proceed over a 7 to 14 day period so that the physician can fully assess the response to each dose level and monitor blood pressure before proceeding to higher doses. Since steady-state plasma levels are achieved on the second day of dosing, titration may proceed more rapidly, if symptoms so warrant, provided the patient is assessed frequently. Titration to doses above 120mg are not recommended.

Angina patients controlled on Nifedepine Taj Pharma capsules alone or in combination with other antianginal medications may be safely switched to Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets at the nearest equivalent total daily dose (e.g., 30mg t.i.d. of Nifedepine Taj Pharma capsules may be changed to 90mg once daily of Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets). Subsequent titration to higher or lower doses may be necessary and should be initiated as clinically warranted. Experience with doses greater than 90mg in patients with angina is limited. Therefore, doses greater than 90mg should be used with caution and only when clinically warranted.

Avoid coadministration of Nifedepine Taj Pharma with grapefruit juice (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and PRECAUTIONS: Other Interactions).

No “rebound effect” has been observed upon discontinuation of Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets. However, if discontinuation of Nifedepine Taj Pharma is necessary, sound clinical practice suggests that the dosage should be decreased gradually with close physician supervision.

Care should be taken when dispensing Nifedepine Taj Pharma extended-release tablets to assure that the extended release dosage form has been prescribed.

Coadministration with Other Antianginal Drugs

Sublingual nitroglycerin may be taken as required for the control of acute manifestations of angina, particularly during Nifedepine Taj Pharma titration. See PRECAUTIONS, Drug Interactions, for information on coadministration of Nifedepine Taj Pharma with beta blockers or long-acting nitrates.


Nifedepine Taj Pharma Extended-Release film coated Tablets USP are supplied as 30mg
Nifedepine Taj Pharma Extended-Release film coated Tablets USP are supplied as 60mg
Nifedepine Taj Pharma Extended-Release film coated Tablets USP are supplied as 90mg

Pack Size:
Each bottle contains:50,100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 Tablets
Size of bottle depend up to number of the tablets.

Not all pack size may be marketed

Storage condition

Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). [See USP Controlled Room Temperature] Protect from moisture and humidity.

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