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Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

It is a dihydropyridine-type calcium channel blocker with actions similar to those of nifedipine. It is used in the treatment of hypertension. Oral administration once or twice a day.

It is excreted into breast milk in clinically non-significant amount (White 1989), possibly due to its high percentage of binding to plasmatic proteins and very wide volume of distribution.

Evidence on other antihypertensive drugs of the same family with similar structure, pharmacokinetics and action profile (nifedipine, nimodipine, nicardipine) has shown that they are excreted into milk in non-significant amount.

Until more extensive published data about this drug regarding breastfeeding are available a safer alternative drug should be used, especially during the neonatal period and/or in case of premature infants.


  • Amlodipine (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)
  • Nifedipine (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Other names

Nitrendipine in other languages or writings:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Nitrendipine in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 10 - 30 %
Molecular weight 360 daltons
Protein Binding 99 %
VD 5 - 9 l/Kg
pKa 16.97 -
Tmax 1 - 3 hours
10 - 22 hours
M/P ratio 0.2 - 0.5 -
Theoretical Dose 0.001 mg/Kg/d
Relative Dose 0.1 %


  1. AEMPS. Nitrendipino. Ficha técnica. 2010 Full text (in our servers)
  2. White WB, Yeh SC, Krol GJ. Nitrendipine in human plasma and breast milk. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 1989 Abstract
  3. Eichelbaum M, Mikus G, Mast V, Fischer C, Kuhlmann U, Machleidt C. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of nitrendipine in healthy subjects and patients with kidney and liver disease. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 1988 Abstract

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