Can you get a Cleviprex prescription online?

Reviewed by:
Angela DiLaura, NP
Clinical Informatics and Quality Manager
Last updated on December 17, 2021

No.

Cleviprex is the U.S. brand name for clevidipine, an intravenous drug used to treat high blood pressure. It’s usually only used in extreme scenarios (i.e. when blood pressure has reached critical levels) and is administered by a doctor or nurse.

For that reason, it’s not possible to get a Cleviprex prescription online.

What is Cleviprex and how does it work?

Cleviprex is a calcium channel blocker, meaning it affects how calcium moves into cells in your heart and blood vessels. It relaxes your blood vessels, which reduces blood pressure, increases blood supply to the heart, and generally makes it so your heart doesn’t have to work as hard.

What’s the benefit of Cleviprex (versus other drugs)?

Put simply, Cleviprex works fast—usually within minutes. That’s helpful in emergency settings when a patient has reached critically high blood pressure levels that need to be lowered quickly. It can also help out during surgery when doctors need to precisely control a patient’s blood pressure.

Side effects

Common side effects of Cleviprex include:

  • Irritability.

  • Confusion.

  • Urinating less.

  • Depression.

  • Dizziness.

  • Fainting.

  • Fast or irregular heartbeat.

  • Headache.

  • Lethargy.

  • Loss of consciousness.

  • Muscle twitching.

  • Nausea.

  • Weight gain.

  • Seizures.

  • Swelling in your face, ankles, or hands.

  • Unusual fatigue.

Rare side effects can include:

  • Pain or tightness in your chest.

  • Difficulty breathing.

  • Pain in your arms, jaw, back, or neck.

  • Cardiac arrest.

  • Sweating.

  • Unconsciousness.

  • Low blood pressure.

  • Vomiting.

Don’t take Cleviprex if …

You should not take Cleviprex if you:

  • Are allergic to soybeans, soy products, eggs, or egg products.

  • Have a lipid metabolism disorder like hyperlipidemia or pancreatitis.

  • Have severe aortic stenosis.

Other online medications for high blood pressure

Bottom line: Cleviprex is for extreme situations. It’s a stop-gap to stabilize your blood pressure, and your doctor will normally transition you to another drug soon after.

There are many other high blood pressure drugs intended for day-to-day and at-home use, all of which require a prescription from your doctor. Your HealthTap doctor can help determine if one of these is right for you.

Schedule an appointment today if you’re concerned about your blood pressure or if you’re looking for a more convenient way to manage your blood pressure. Our doctors can:

  • Help you manage your medications and check for any interactions.

  • Write prescriptions and send refills to your nearest pharmacy.

  • Text with you after your appointment for free to address any follow-up questions or concerns.

In addition to prescription drugs, a high blood pressure diagnosis usually comes with lifestyle recommendations like adopting a low-sodium, low-fat diet; increasing exercise; quitting smoking; and moderating alcohol consumption.

Schedule an appointment with your HealthTap doctor to start managing your high blood pressure.

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HealthTap articles are reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals. Visit https://www.healthtap.com/about-doctors/ to learn more and meet some of the medical editorial board members behind our blog. The information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment. HealthTap is a virtual-first, affordable urgent- and primary-care clinic, providing top-quality physician care nationwide to Americans with or without insurance. Our proprietary, easy-to-use, and innovative apps and electronic medical record apply Silicon Valley standards to effectively engage consumers and doctors online to increase the equity, accessibility, and efficiency of ongoing medical care for consumers, providers, employers, and payers. In addition, with HealthTap, businesses can offer virtual primary care to employees for less than the cost of free coffee. HealthTap's US-based board-certified physicians are available throughout North America. For more information, visit www.healthtap.com.
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