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Verapamil Generic Name

verapamil generic name

About this medication

Verapamil is the name of the medication. It can come as a tablet or capsule, and should be taken by mouth. It belongs to a class of medications called Calcium Channel Blocker.

Why is this medication prescribed

This medication is usually used for reducing high blood pressure (also called hypertension). It can also be used to treat other conditions of the heart and blood vessels. Ask your physician why he or she gave you this medication.

How does it work

Verapamil belongs to a group of medications called Calcium Channel Blockers. It prevents calcium from entering the cells of the heart and blood vessels. It relaxes the blood vessels and make them wider. As a result, your blood pressure goes down and it helps your heart.

How to use it

This medication comes in multiple forms. Consult your package insert for specific instructions on how to take this medication.

What to do if you are pregnant

Tell your physician if you become pregnant. There are not enough studies about this medication in pregnant women. Use the medication during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

Can Verapamil HCL cause you to gain weight?

Verapamil is in a drug class called calcium channel blocker.  CCBs can cause some swelling in the hands, ankles, and feet and result in a mild weight gain.

Why does Verapamil HCL cause constipation?

Many calcium channel blockers  cause constipation by slowing down the movement in the gut.

Drug interactions

Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any prescription medicine, over-the-counter medicine, or herbal products that you are taking. He or she will check for interactions. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice while you are on this medicine. 

If you miss a dose

If you miss a medicine dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at its scheduled time, and continue your usual dosing schedule. Do not “double up” on doses to catch up. 

How to take this medicine

Take this medicine with fluids at the same time every day, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. You can take it with or without food.

Do not chew or crush the sustained release pills. Do not stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor. He or she will explain how to slow down your doses so you can stop taking the drug safely.

Inhibits the transport of calcium into myocardial and vascular smooth muscle cells, resulting in inhibition of excitation-contraction coupling and subsequent contraction. ↓ SA and AV conduction and prolongs AV node refractory period in conduction tissue. Therapeutic Effects: Systemic vasodilation resulting in ↓ blood pressure. Coronary vasodilation resulting in ↓ frequency and severity of attacks of angina. Suppression of ventricular tachyarrhythmias.

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