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Use Calcium Channel Blockers To Control High Blood Pressure

Calcium channel blockers are one of the most popular category of medications used to lower blood pressure. Though they are used to treat high blood pressure, they may also be used for pulmonary hypertension, Raynud's syndrome, cardiomyopathy and the like. Norvsac, Plendil, DynaCirc, Cardene, Dilacor, Isoptin, Calan and Cardizem are some of the commonly used calcium channel blockers to treat high blood pressure.

Effectiveness

Calcium Channel Blockers are quite effective as far as lowering blood pressure is concerned. They do bring down your blood pressure and also relax the coronary arteries. Their ability to relax the coronary arteries makes them apt for angina that is caused due to coronary heart diseases.

Functioning
These medicines slow down the movement of calcium in the heart and the walls of blood vessels. As a result, the heart is able to pump blood much easily. Also, the slowing of calcium widens the blood vessels. This in turn brings down the blood pressure.

Safety status
Calcium Channel Blockers are not 100 % safe. Like other BP lowering medications, they too come with potential side effects. Some of the most commonly caused side effects of using these medicines include dizziness, irregular heart rhythm, dry  mouth, headache, nausea, fatigue and several others.

Usage guidelines
The usage of this BP lowering medication differs from one person to the other. The number of doses that need to be taken per day will be suggested by your healthcare provider depending on your overall health condition. These medicines may be used alone or in combination with other medications like diuretics, beta blockers and the like. It is advised that you take calcium channel blockers along with food or milk.

When using these medications it is suggested that you record your pulse daily. If you notice that your pulse is slowing down then make sure that you contact your health care provider at the earliest.

Precautions and contraindications

* Grapefruits and grapefruit juice can interact with calcium channel blockers to produce undesirable side effects. Thus, avoid eating them when using these medicines.
* Do not drink alcohol when using calcium channel blockers. Alcohol does not allow this medicine to work as desired.
* If you are using any other medication or over the counter supplement, make sure that you inform your doctor before you start using CCBs.
* Make sure that you do not skip dosage. In case you skip dosage, make sure that you inform your doctor about the same.
* Store them in a cool and dry place.
* Make sure that the medicine is out of reach of children.