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|US Brand Name||Calan|
Verapamil is a drug given in hypertension like condition. It belongs to calcium channel blockers category. It aids smooth arterial blood flow and reduces the blood pressure. It is also used in the treatment of chest pain, irregular heartbeat and other cardiovascular conditions like cardiomyopathy.
Understating the ailments it is used for:
Verapamil is given in hypertension, chronic stable angina and other heart associated problems.
Understanding the drug Verapamil:
How it works?
Verapamil is a long acting calcium channel blockers used in hypertension and in chest pain.
Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker as it stops the influx of calcium ions through L type calcium channels. By inhibiting the entry of calcium channels one can decrease the contractility of arterial smooth muscles and causes vasodilation. This all leads to relaxation of blood vessels and aids smooth arterial blood flow. In this way, it reduces the overall blood pressure
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Verapamil if you:
- Are allergic to Verapamil
- Are allergic to other medicines, foods and other substances
- Have liver problems
- Have any other heart problems
- Have recent heart attack or heart block or valve
- Have muscular dystrophy
- Are taking medication of hypertension and cancer
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Have porphyria
- Are breastfeeding
How much to take?
Always take the dose as prescribed by the physician. It is very important to consume medicine timely. The general recommended dose starts from 40 mg and can be increased or decreased depending upon the patient’s condition and demand. With time, dose adjustments are generally done according to the response of the patient. Always take the medicine as prescribed by the doctor.
What are the strengths available?
Verapamil tablets contain the following four strength combinations that are available on our website:
- Calaptin 40 mg
- Calaptin 80 mg
- Calaptin SR 120 mg
- Calaptin SR 240 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Calaptin is manufactured by Nicholas Piramal (India), a pharmaceutical giant. It is available on our websites in the pack of 30 tablets.
How to take?
You must swallow the whole tablet with one glass full of water. Do not crush or chew it.
When to take?
Verapamil is taken three times a day with or without food. It can be taken with or without food a day. It is a best way to take the medicine same time daily because it shows best results and helps to remember when to take the drug.
For how long should it be taken?
It is important to take the drug as instructed by your doctor. Abrupt discontinuation of medicine can cause adverse reactions. So before stopping the drug intake, always consult physician first.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
You may need urgent medical attention if you experience below mentioned symptoms:
- Confused mental status
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat sometimes very slow or sometimes too fast
What if you miss the dose?
Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose then skip the dose and take your next dose on the correct time. Do not double up the dose to compensate for the missed one.
What are the side effects?
All medicines have their side effects, sometimes they are serious but most of the times they are not. Common side effects are mentioned below:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Tired feeling
- Light headedness
- Stomach pain
Serious side effects which need medical attention are as follows:
- Severe dizziness
- Rashes, itching or hives
- Yellowing of skin or eyes
- Abdominal pain and discomfort
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Verapamil. Following are the drugs which interact with Verapamil are as follows:
- St. John’s wort
- Opioid analgesics
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Keep the medicine in a close tight container and out of reach of children
- Don’t use the expired medicine
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- This medicine can pass into breast milk and can cause fetal harm
- Limit the intake of alcohol beverages and avoid activity that requires alertness as it causes dizziness
- Monitor your blood pressure levels regularly
- Liver, electrocardiogram (ECG), kidney function, complete blood count tests are performed.
- Don’t exceed the recommended dose