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How Does A Calcium Channel Blocker Lower Blood Pressure
Which one of the following blood pressure medicine arb, diuretic, or calcium channel blocker can lower ocular pressure best in open angle glaucoma.?
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more
I have osteoporosis and high blood pressure, and take a calcium channel blocker with an arb. Besides exercise, will taking calcium pills help?
Calcium with vita D: Osteoporosis needs to be treated up prevent fractures. You need up start calcium with vitamin d 500/200 2-3x/ day plus a medicine called Fosamax or one in its class to adequately treat osteoporosis. A DEXA scan should be done after a year of treatment initiation. Increase in physical activity will help bone remodeling. ...Read more
Can taking beta blocker or calcium channel blocker for blood pressure helps also in lowering eye pressure. My eye pressure was 21 left & 19 right eye?
Taking blood pressure med for 2 months -calcium channel blocker. Whites of my eye have reddish appearance from dilated blood vessels. Any antidote?
No: Please see your md or consult an ophthalmologist! ...Read more
Which one is better to lower ocular pressure in open angle glaucoma. 5 mg amlodipine (calcium channel blocker) or 5 mg bystoilc (beta blocker).?
What dietary modification should be done to decrease levels of proteinurea in a hypertensive patient taking arb and calcium channel blocker, help plz?
Possibly low protein: You are on appropriate therapy. The aim should be to use the arb (or acei) with other drugs in an effort to reduce proteinuria while controlling hypertension and preserving renal function. How severe is the proteinuria? Is the BP controlled? Do we need to consider therapy directed at a glomerular disease? Is there a correctable cause of the proteinuria? Your physician should be able help answer. ...Read more
Nothing: Calcium channel blockers are drugs that block entry of calcium ions into the cell which prevent generation of specific electrical current responsible for the arrhythmia. The calcium involve is an ion that naturally exist cellularly and has nothing to do with dietary calcium which circulates in the body bound to albumin ...Read more
How soon after starting a Calcium channel blocker does edema occur in patients if they are affected by this side effect? Within 1 week?
Its variable: It can happen as early as couple of days, its variable really. ...Read more
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
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
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
I'm on warfarin and flecainide. Why should flecainide should always be used in conjunction with a beta blocker or a calcium channel blocker?
Is cilindipine 5 mg a calcium channel blocker or beta blocker. Does it have any effect on lowering heart rate?
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
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 ›
From internet source-diuretic plus a calcium channel blocker, is a proven killer, as it increases the risk of sudden heart attack. Is it true (coveram)?
Not true: The combination of calcium channel blocker and a diuretic is well established as safe and very effective in controlling severe hypertension and from extensive clinical trials in the past ten years, there is no indication of increase cardiac events with the use of either drugs alone as long as electrolytes particularly potassium is monitored with the diuretic use ...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?
No: It's a clinical diagnosis based on history and physical exam. An ekg may show complications but isn't specific for CCB od. ...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
Not recommended: It is not usual practice to be on duplicate medications within the same class. ...Read more
I am taking Calcium Channel Blocker- Eslo 2.5mg/day) since 2005. how to know if my HTN is over-treated?
B/P and symptoms: Starting with the obvious, if your B/P is in a healthy range when checked and you feel fine, it's probably not being over-treated. On the other hand, if you feel weak, dizzy or lightheaded when you go from lying down to sitting or from sitting to standing (even if your resting B/P is in the normal range), this needs further evaluation. ...Read more
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
Apples vs. Oranges: They are both cardiac medicines. They are however used for totally different reasons. Calcium blockers are most commonly used to treat high blood pressure. They may also be used to treat chest pain or to slow the heart. Clot busters are used to dissolve a clot in the arteries that supply blood to the heart itself and therefore to limit the amount of heart damaged by removing the blockage. ...Read more
The calcium: Channel blocker might if your hr is too low or the combination if your HTN is overtreated. ...Read more
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