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What is verapamil, and how does it work?

Verapamil belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers, which includes amlodipine, diltiazem, nifedipine as well as others. These medications block the movement of calcium into the muscle cells of the coronary arteries (the arteries supplying the heart with blood) as well as the other arteries of the body.

What are the uses for verapamil?

Verapamil is prescribed for the prevention and treatment of heart pain, high blood pressure, and abnormally fast heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation. It is also used off-label for preventing migraine headaches.

What preparations of verapamil are available?

Immediate release tablets: 40, 80, and 120 mg; sustained release caplets: 120, 180, 240, and 360 mg; extended release tablets: 100, 120, 180, 200, 240, and 300 mg; Injection: 2.5 mg/ml.

What side effects can verapamil cause?

verapamil may show some common side effects like constipation, heartburn, dizziness or lightheadedness, or headache.

Should verapamil be shared with others?

No, do not share verapamil with others unless prescribed by the doctor.