A patient is admitted at 22 weeks gestation for preterm labor. The nurse administers nifedipine as ordered. The patient is most likely to complain of which common side effects?
• Nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker often used to delay premature labor.
• It is a potent vasodilator that can cause the following common
• Less common adverse effects may include severe hypotension, angina, hemoptysis or other bleeding, taste alterations, weakness, peripheral edema, pulmonary edema, sinus arrest, vision changes, and altered mentation.
• Nifedipine meets BEERS Criteria and has been identified as a high-risk medication in individuals over age 65.