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Is prolonged intake of Procardia safe?

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Posted on Fri, 11 Jul 2014
Question: after over 20 years of procardia xl 30 is there a need to discontinue with caution? also which bp drugs are best to consider to replace procardia due to experiencing fast heartbeat? thank you for you assistance
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Answered by Dr. Shafi Ullah Khan (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
COnsult your cardiologist

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for asking!
Procardia is a calcium channel blocker of dihydropyridine family and is very much used these days for hypertension. You are very much right about its adverse effect of palpitations and tachycardia.
I suggest you can take a bisoprolol a selective beta blocker for the hypertension. It also manages the palpitations and fast heart rates.
Seek a cardiologist and discuss all the other possibilities of antihypertensive management. I personally recommend a combination of selective beta blockers like bisoprolol and calcium channel blockers like amlodipine( norvasc). There are many other antihypertensive options from ace inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers like losartan, Diuretics, Thiazide,Diuretic, Potassium Sparing,Diuretics,Loop,ACE Inhibitors,ARBs,Beta-Blockers, Beta-1 Selective Beta-Blockers, Alpha Activity, Beta-Blockers, Intrinsic Sympathomimetic, Vasodilators,Calcium Channel Blockers,Aldosterone Antagonists, Selective,Alpha2-Agonists, Central-Acting,Renin Inhibitors/Combos,Alpha-Blockers, etc and many more.
Get to your cardiologist and let them decide what medicine is best for you and is changing medicines after 20 years is a good idea or just managing the palpitation system should be opted for.
I suggest you should lower the dose of procardia and add bisoprolol to reduce palpitations.
I hope it helps.Take good care and don't forget to close the discussion please.
Regards
S Khan
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Is prolonged intake of Procardia safe?

Brief Answer: COnsult your cardiologist Detailed Answer: Thank you for asking! Procardia is a calcium channel blocker of dihydropyridine family and is very much used these days for hypertension. You are very much right about its adverse effect of palpitations and tachycardia. I suggest you can take a bisoprolol a selective beta blocker for the hypertension. It also manages the palpitations and fast heart rates. Seek a cardiologist and discuss all the other possibilities of antihypertensive management. I personally recommend a combination of selective beta blockers like bisoprolol and calcium channel blockers like amlodipine( norvasc). There are many other antihypertensive options from ace inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers like losartan, Diuretics, Thiazide,Diuretic, Potassium Sparing,Diuretics,Loop,ACE Inhibitors,ARBs,Beta-Blockers, Beta-1 Selective Beta-Blockers, Alpha Activity, Beta-Blockers, Intrinsic Sympathomimetic, Vasodilators,Calcium Channel Blockers,Aldosterone Antagonists, Selective,Alpha2-Agonists, Central-Acting,Renin Inhibitors/Combos,Alpha-Blockers, etc and many more. Get to your cardiologist and let them decide what medicine is best for you and is changing medicines after 20 years is a good idea or just managing the palpitation system should be opted for. I suggest you should lower the dose of procardia and add bisoprolol to reduce palpitations. I hope it helps.Take good care and don't forget to close the discussion please. Regards S Khan