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High Blood Pressure Medicine

Calcium Channel Blockers

Monday, September 18, 2006

Calcium channel blockers inhibit the movement of calcium into the muscle cells of the heart and arteries. The calcium is needed for these muscles to contract. These drugs, therefore, lower blood pressure by decreasing the force of the heart's pumping action (cardiac contraction) and relaxing the muscle cells in the walls of the arteries. Three major types of calcium channel blockers are used as . One type is the dihydropyridines, which do not slow the heart rate or cause other abnormal heart rates or rhythms. These drugs include amlodipine (Norvasc), sustained release nifedipine (Procardia XL, Adalat CC), felodipine (Plendil), and nisoldipine (Sular).

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