Calcium channel blocker

What is Calcium channel blocker?

A class of drugs with the capacity to prevent calcium ions from passing through biologic membranes. These agents are used to treat hypertension, angina pectoris, and cardiac arrhythmias.

Questions and answers on "Calcium channel blocker"

I have been taking adizem (calcium channel blocker) and ramipril for high blood pressure and since taking this medication if have suffered varying degrees of acid reflux, is this a common side effect and I have been taking over the counter antacids, is this the correct course if action.

doctor1 MD

Alternatives like diuretics can be used in place of calcium channel blockers.

Detailed Answer:
Hi! Welcome to HealthcareMagic!

Thanks for sharing your concerns with us. We will try to help you in the best way possible.
First of all, it is sad to know what you had gone through.

Based on the...

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Hi, Dr. Grief, I care for my mother past 13 years. She is 82 years old. She had a CVA and now is a hemiplegic, on/off vascular dementia, dysphagia. This year her blood pressure increased and we [the doc and I] tried many different combinations of antiphypertensive meds. Before this last change she was on 100mg atenolol, 7.5mg vasotec in divided doses and 10mg norvasc. But the increase in Vasotec from 5mg to 7.5mg caused her regular headaches, which triggers her dementia bouts, lose of quality of life and difficult to care for. So we went to a heart specialist and he recommended spironolactone. It's been 7 days on it now, yet she is having out-of-the-ordinary mood swings, confusion, tiredness, crying, wants to die (and lack of appetite). The pharmaceutical phamplet says to contact doctor immediately if the patient has unusual mood/mental changes. My question is should I stop the drug; or wait until a full 2 weeks has passed because maybe it is just a body adjustment to the drug.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
About BP

Detailed Answer:
Hi
This is Dr Saumya Mittal, MD

I have read your query.
And understand that the issue is regarding blood pressure and its control.
And the second issue is the side effects of spironolactone.

First, I would definitely suggest that you stop the medicine....

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I am 65 y.o female. 5ft. 6 in. 112 lbs. Exercise daily and eat a good diet. No alcohol, coffee or smoking. Have been treated for PIC'S and PAC'S and occasional SVT for years. Take Tenormin 50mg/am and 75mg/ pm. Also Have Lifelong Anxiety Disorder AND Take Xanax XR..1 mg am and pm. Synthroid 62.5 mg in am for Hypo.Echo last week was all good except for mild diastolic dysfunction consistant with relaxation abnormality. I have noticed that my BP resting has been higher lately sometimes 169/90. Going back to cardiologist on Fri. To discuss options as I feel I now need BP meds. Want to reverse the diastolic dysfunction I'd I can.would like you opinion on best BP meds to use in conjunction with the Tenirmin. I am VERY sensitive to new meds. Tried to switch to Toprol XL instead of Tenormin and my heart went crazy. What BP meds come with the least "laundry list" of adverse reactions? In you opinion? Sorry for long post. P.S. rest of my Echo was all good. White Coat syndrome BP before Echo was 200/100 yikes.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome on HCM!

I passed carefully through your medical history and would like to explain that, before deciding to start a certain anti-hypertensive therapy, it is necessary to properly address any possible secondary cause of...

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I've been on sotalol for 2 years after being put on it after an afib event. 80 mg. 2 years normal ekg's and bloodwork, ultrasound normal -- no more syptoms but --feeling reported side effects of medication -- tiredness,sleepyness, jittery, wake up after terrible nighmares .. all reported with tihs med. Can i slowly taper off and how?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Can be stopped if No AF and ECHO normal.

Detailed Answer:
Welcome To HCM. I am Dr Anshul Varshney.
I understand your concern.
See, AF can be of many types and can be due to many reasons.
Important here is to find out the reason and treat it.
Many times the AF is transient and it...

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Hi,
I am 64 year old male (5 11 and wt 170 lbs). I am a very active physically (play tennis). I take Diavan 180 (with 12mg water pill added to it) in the morning and I take Tropol 50mg in the evening. I take small dose of pottasium supplement. I take 10mg simbastatin. I have general anxiety disorder. I take xanax 0.25 to 0.5 mg as needed. In doctors office, my bp runs between 165 to 170 over 85 to 90. Most of home readings: vary from 145 to 160 over 80 to 85; Pulse vary from 70 to 80. (This is my consistent medical history for last 20 years) My cardiac (those graphs) normal. No irregular conditions. I was in ER with panic attack. Chest x-ray normal. Colonoscopy done three times in the last 10 years --normal except one small polyp removed. Cholesterol below 170 and trigycerol normal. Fasting sugar varies 120 to 125. I have not done hemoglobin a1c. My kidney and liver functions; psa all seem to be ok. I have only one kidney.

I am told this situation is called ISH --I hate to add more medicine to lower my upper number. In the first place, which medicine (good one) will bring down my systolic. Is it worth taking another calcium channel blocker? Or just leave my bp level as it is. My doc wants to bring it down to 135 level --can slow breathing techniques bring it down? Thanks for your time

How bad is my current bp situation in terms of risk for heart attack or stroke. No family history of such incidents at below 75 age in my family.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
I agree that blood pressure needs to be lower

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for your question.
From reading your note It sounds like you are taking Diovan/HCT at 180 mg daily and Toprol XL 50 mg daily for your hypertension.
Normal blood pressure is below 120/80 and it...

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I AM PRESENTLY TAKING LISINOPRIL AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE BEST CHANNEL BLOCKER I SHOULD BE USING WITH LISINOPRIL? I WAS THINKING NORVASE??? I DO NOT HAVE AN IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT. VICKI BENTON

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Better to add a diuretic

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ms ,

I have gone through your question and I understands your concerns but lisinopril is better to be combined with a diuretic rather than a calcium channel blocker. I would recommend that you add a diuretic as hydrochlorothiazide once...

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I am a 72 year old White male in excellent health with a high blood pressure problem. I have been taking Alpha Blockers for 10 years. I have been taking Beta Blockers for 2 months Carvedilol.The Beta blockers have horrible side effects and I mean horrible! They do keep my Pulse at between 45 and 60 but my Blood Pressure fluctuates between 165/85 ND 140/75. never ABOVE 85. Why would you have a low pulse and high Blood Pressure, are they not the same Blood and Heart? I do a complete Gym workout 4 days a week and have done so non-stop for 15 years.I have seen a Cardiolgist one time for an Echo test. I also have AFIB. I have taken Bayer baby aspirn for 20 years daily.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Hello. A slow heart rate doesn't always produce a low blood pressure

Detailed Answer:
Hello. While a beta blocker does lower heart rate and somewhat dilates arteries, just because the heart rate is slowed--and your afib is one reason you're on the medication--that doesn't always...

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31 year old male.



For the last 2 weeks have been taking Propranolol 10mg x 2 for recently diagnosed Vestibular Migraine prevention. Am supposed to go up to 20mg now.



My concern is even at the 10mg, my resting heart rate when calm and relaxed can go down to low 40s. Now of course it’s not low all the time, just sometimes when resting and super calm. Sometimes it can be more towards 50, its just occasionally it slips down to the lower 40’s. If I get up, move, ect, of course it goes up.



Before taking the medication, I always has a low resting heart rate, usually around 50bpm or so.



I don’t want to bump up to a higher dose or take this medication if slow heart rate could be an issue, I don’t want my heart to stop or something.



On an unrelated note, I did have an echocardiogram this spring for unrelated issues along with a 48 hour holter that both were normal. (I have attached the echo report). Also, for the last several months (before taking this medication) I have been running about 3 miles a day, 5 times a week with no issues, so my overall point is I think I have a healthy heart besides the fact the it’s a low resting heart rate.



My question is, with someone like me with a low heart rate to begin with, is it OK to take a low 10/20mg dose of Propranolol? And is it ok that my resting heart rate had dropped more because of this medication and OK to be in the low 40s? I just don’t want it to stop or something, I am probably just being anxious about it. Should I try something else like verapamil that won’t slow the heart as much, or not worry about the Propranolol?



Thanks much

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
No you should not take Propanolol

Detailed Answer:
Welcome To HCM. I am Dr Anshul Varshney. I understand your concern.
Propanolol causes drop in Blood pressure and pulse rate.
Now in your case pulse rate is dropping down to 40 beats per minute and that is low.
There is no point in...

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I take nebivolol 1.25 mg daily in the morning.
I did not try any ED drugs yet (still worried about its side effects and safety).

BP is consistently 140/80. HR is 80 most of the time (but it may reach 110 in the morning in some days).

My questions are:

(1) Can I take nebivolol only on the days in which HR is high in the morning?

(2) Knowing that Losartan may improve ED, would switching to Losartan be helpful in reducing HR when it is on its higher rate?

(3) Is it possible to have nebivolol only on the days of high HR and Losartan on the other days?

Thank you ..

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Amlodipine and ivabradine combination is perfect for you!

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Firstly thanks for choosing health care magic for your query ,

Your answer are as follows-

(1)Nebivolol is a cardioselective beta blockers used in hypertensives, as per your records your blood pressure is...

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I woke up not feeling well & had cloudy horrible smelling urine. Now it has little specs of blood in it. I also had severe left sided chest pain last night, the pain was in my back and stomach had a weak threads pulse, but settled out. Was going to go to ER but was too weak. Also really bad pounding headache. How much does this cost?
I live in Canada & do not have pay pal or anything as I live in Canada and have almost zero credit as in consigned a loan for someone who died...long story. Aw I will set up a pay pal account today or go to ER due to my persistent throbbing headache
Thank you for your time. I'll keep this sit in mind.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

I would explain that the throbbing headache may be a migraine attack, exacerbated probably by an infection.

Have you measured your blood pressure during last night? Blood pressure changes...

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For the past several days I have fluttery feeling, pulsing? feeling on left side of my head high close to the crown. Happens every 1/2 hour or so and last maybe 15 seconds. I have controlled high blood pressure and take amlodipine, lisinopril and clonidine. Is this something I should worry about?

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