Clalcium Channel Blockers

As discussed previously in this chapter, calcium channel blockers decrease calcium levels and promote vasodilation. Calcium channel blockers include verapamil (Calan), diltiazem (Cardiazem), nifedipine (Procardia), amlodipine (Norvasc), felodipine (Plendil), nicardipine HCl (Cardene), and nisoldipine (Sular, Nisocor).

Calcium channel blockers can be combined with ACE inhibitors. Such combinations include benazepril with amlodipine (Lotrel), enalapril with diltiazem (Teczem), enalapril with felodipine (Lexxel), and trandolapril with verapamil (Tarka).

A list of ACE inhibitor drugs in the Appendix. Detailed tables show doses, recommendations, expectations, side effects, contraindications, and more; available on the book's Web site (see URL in Appendix).

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