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Your doctor prescribed a drug called a calcium channel blocker for you. This type of medication can treat high blood pressure, correct abnormal heart rhythms, and relieve a type of chest pain called angina.
The name of your calcium channel blocker is _____________________
Follow the fact sheet that came with your medication. It tells you when and how to take your medication. Ask for a sheet if you didn’t get one.
Take this medication exactly as directed, even if you feel fine.
If you miss a dose of this medication, take it as soon as you remember—unless it’s almost time for your next dose. In that case, just wait and take your next dose at the normal time. Don’t take a double dose.
Don’t drive until you know how you will react to this medication.
Tell your doctor about any other medications or herbal remedies you are using.
Be sure to give this medication time to work. It may take several weeks to lower blood pressure.
Learn to take your own pulse. Keep a record of your results. Ask your doctor which pulse rates mean that you need medical attention.
Don’t eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice; it may interact with calcium channel blockers.
Ask your doctor how much exercise and activity is safe.
See your doctor regularly while taking this medication.
Tell your doctor if you have any of these side effects. Don’t stop taking the medication unless your doctor tells you to. Mild side effects include the following:
Sore, bleeding gums
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
Slow, weak pulse
Breathing problems, coughing, or wheezing
Irregular, fast, or pounding heartbeat
Swollen ankles, feet, or lower legs