Users' questions

Can verapamil be used long term?

Can verapamil be used long term?

If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure.

What is an overdose of verapamil?

Reported complications include bowel infarction, stroke, hyperglycemia, and non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema [2]. Massive verapamil overdose, defined here as ingestion of greater than 8 g, is almost uniformly fatal with few case reports of survivors [7-9]. Until recently, there has been no known antidote.

What is verapamil and what are the side effects?

Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker. It works by relaxing the muscles of your heart and blood vessels. Verapamil is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), angina (chest pain), and certain heart rhythm disorders.

How often should I take Verapamil for high blood pressure?

1 Forms and strengths 2 Dosage for high blood pressure. The starting dose is 80 mg taken three times per day (240 mg/day). 3 Special considerations. If you have a neuromuscular condition such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy or myasthenia gravis, your doctor may decrease your dose of verapamil.

How old do you have to be to take verapamil?

Verapamil is not FDA approved for people younger than 18 years. There is not enough data concerning the effects of verapamil on a developing fetus or the newborn while breastfeeding. Advise women not to become pregnant or breastfeed while taking verapamil.

How long does verapamil last for cluster headaches?

Another episode would occur in one to two years, 30 months max. After switching primary care doctors, my new doc suggested taking 240mg slow release verapamil every day to reduce my blood pressure and maybe act as a deterrent to the clusters. It worked…it has now been four years and no recurrence of the headaches.