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Doctor insights on: Beta Blocker Vs Calcium Channel Blocker

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What is the difference between a calcium channel blocker and a beta blocker?

What is the difference between a calcium channel blocker and a beta blocker?

Name says it all: Calcium channel blockers block the channel that allows vascular tone to increase and lowers blood pressure. The beta blockers work on beta recetors on the vessels to lower pressure . The heart has both beta receptors and calcium channels. Therefore betablockers and some calcium channel blockers can slow the heart rate as well. ...Read more

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If I am taking a calcium channel blocker for raynaud's and a beta blocker for migraines, does that defeat the purpose of taking the calcium channel blocker?

If I am taking a calcium channel blocker for raynaud's and a beta blocker for migraines, does that defeat the purpose of taking the calcium channel blocker?

Can strike a balance: When a person has two or more medical conditions needing treatment, his doctors will try to strike a balance with the medications, to improve each condition as much as possible without worsening the other condition(s). In regards to migrainers, medications such as triptans and ergot alkaloids can lead to raynaud's symptoms, so maybe using beta blockers is less problematic in a particular patient. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a beta blocker and a calcium channel blocker for arrhythmia?

What is the difference between  a beta blocker and a calcium channel blocker for arrhythmia?

How they work.: Calcium channel blockers (ccb) affect calcium channels in the heart muscle cells. Beta blockers (bb) affect beta receptors in the conduction pathways of the heart. Each act to decrease heart rate and can also decrease blood pressure. Sometimes with ccb, the heart experiences an increase in heart rate when blood pressure decreases. There are different brands and kinds of both medications. ...Read more

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What is the drug of choice for controlling pacs and afib? Calcium channel blocker or beta blocker?

What is the drug of choice for controlling pacs and afib? Calcium channel blocker or beta blocker?

PACs and afib: Of these two usually beta blockers are better tolerated and have a somewhat lower side effect profile. There are also some who feel that beta blockers are better at preventing afib. ...Read more

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Is cilindipine 5 mg a calcium channel blocker or beta blocker. Does it have any effect on lowering heart rate?

It is a long: acting calcium channel blocker indicated for the management of hypertension. It will also lower the heart rate a small amount. It is less likely to produce peripheral edema as a side effect than some other calcium channel blockers. ...Read more

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I'm on warfarin and flecainide. Why should flecainide should always be used in conjunction with a beta blocker or a calcium channel blocker?

I'm on warfarin and flecainide. Why should flecainide should always be used in conjunction with a beta blocker or a calcium channel blocker?

Recurrence: Atrial fibrillation can still recur with Flecainide and Flecainide does not prevent rapid heart rate from Atrial fib. Thus the need for drugs like beta blockers and either of the 2 calcium channel blockers that effectively controls the rate just in case. ...Read more

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if i take calcium channel blocker and beta blocker (one at night, one in morn) is the overall effect more? my heart rate feels very low through day

What type of CCB: Kimberlie, calcium channel blockers (CCB) come in 2 basic "flavors". The dihydropyridine mostly effect blood vessels to lower blood pressure. The non-dihyropyridine work at the heart to reduce heart rate and force of muscle contraction by the heart. Beta Blockers (BB) also have some with affect blood vessels more (Beta 2) and some which affect heart more (Beta 1). Best to talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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If you have tachycardia and hypertension together, do you need a beta blocker or a calcium channel blocker?

If you have tachycardia and hypertension together, do you need a beta blocker or a calcium channel blocker?

Maybe: The type reason for the tachycardia needs to be understood before suppressing it with either medication. Furthermore, some underlying conditions can lead to both problems and may need addressing specifically (e.g. pheochromocytoma, or other foods or medications). A thorough review of your records and discussion with a cardiologist can better answer your question. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary that white patients should be started with an ACE inhibitor or beta blocker while blacks with calcium channel blocker/diuretics?

There's no rule: There's no rule that white patients need to be started on ACEI or Beta blocker and vice versa. It all depends on what is being treated HTN vs Coronary artery disease. ...Read more