calcuim to help bone health can I take it if I'm on verapamil
Verapamil is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It helps to slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and into the blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the vessels, which allows better blood flow and makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
There are two basic types of calcium channel blockers: dihydropyridine and non-dihydropyridine. The most important difference between the two is that non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers can slow down the heart rate, while dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers do not. Verapamil is a non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, which means that it can decrease the heart rate. As a result, it is useful for certain types of irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
Calcium supplements are generally avoided, but please seek advice for the doc/pharmacist who prescribed the med., hope this helps? Take care, be well & safe!
- Verapamil Information for Consumers
- Verapamil Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
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