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Calcium Channel Blocker
If I use this calcium channel blocker and anticholesterol drug, and work on my diet, exercise and lose weight can I eventually get all drugs?
Get OFF drugs?: Diet, exercise, and wt loss can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, & blood sugar. If you attain normal body mass index, exercise regularly, and avoid salt, you might be able to reduce or even stop some or all of your medications. But everyone is different and you should work with your doctor. ...Read more
I'm on warfarin and flecainide. Why should flecainide should always be used in conjunction with a beta blocker or a calcium channel blocker?
Which calcium channel blocker is most effective for severe raynauds, digital ischemia and exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension? I take 7.5 mg amlodipine but now wondering if diltiazem was better.
Unsure. But: You can always try and see which one works best for you, with the support of you doc. There are many issues that vary the results among different calcium blockers including different absorption and metabolism from a patient to another. We usually use amlodipine but you can tell better if Diltiazem feels more effective for you. Would discuss with my doc regarding a possible switch trial. ...Read more
How to treat ankle edema as a side effect of amlodipine plus if the hypertensive pt. Had been changed frm ACE inhibitor to a calcium channel blocker?
If I am taking a calcium channel blocker, should I not be taking a calcium supplement? I am 52, concerned about bone health. Other med for arrythmia.
Ca channel blockers: There is no such contraindication.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends on the type: There are 3 types of calcium channel blocker and they have their own unique side effects. The dihydropyridine group such as amlodipine causes shock like picture with very rapid heart beats while the other groups verapamil and Diltiazem cause very slow heart beat and low blood pressure. ...Read more
There are many: All are used for BP but some act centrally meaning they also decrease heart rate while others act peripherally meaning heart rate is unaffected. ...Read more
Will calcium channel blocker overdose (accidentally took 2 days' pills) stop me from going on my vacation?
No: This is a minimal over dose and not really at a level that will affect your health of vacation. Continue with your regular dose of medications in the future and enjoy your trip. ...Read more
Can a calcium channel blocker taken 6 hrs before TMT test impact the results of the TMT test. TMT was normal. I took it that day only never before?
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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