Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Verapamil works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding alcohol. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling. Lowers blood pressure. Diovan (Valsartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects. How it works Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing your heart rate and relaxing your blood vessels. Your heart gets more oxygen and doesn't have to work as hard to pump, which can relieve chest pain. Diovan (Valsartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs. Type of medication Antihypertensive
› Calcium channel blocker
Prescription only Antihypertensive
› Angiotensin receptor blocker
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More about Calan side effects » More Diovan side effects » Risk factors for serious side effects › Severe left ventricular dysfunction (ejection fraction <30%) › Taking beta-blockers › History of liver disease › History of kidney disease › History of liver disease Detailed Calan (Verapamil) risks & warnings » › Women of childbearing age › Current kidney problems › Medicine that increase potassium › Use of salt substitute Detailed Diovan (Valsartan) risks & warnings » Pregnancy category
Alcohol › Not a good medication for you if you drink alcohol. › Don't drink too much alcohol while taking this medicine. No specific alcohol-related info.
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Kidneys and liver › Your doctor may monitor your heart to see if changes to its electrical system may occur, especially if you have had liver or kidney disease in the past. › Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease. › Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
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Weight No specific weight-related info. No specific weight-related info. Upsides and benefits › Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure. › You can take it alone or with other medicines to help lower blood pressure. › Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly. › Treats certain abnormal heart rhythms. › A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people. › Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. › Similar to ACE inhibitors (like Lisinopril), with fewer side effects like cough and swelling. › Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease. › Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart. › A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people. › Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. Downsides and risks › Calcium channel blockers can cause swelling in your limbs. If this happens for you, it probably won't get better over time, so talk to your doctor about alternatives if it bothers you. › Women are more likely to have side effects (especially swelling) from Verapamil than men. › You can't miss doses. Stopping Verapamil suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. › Not a good medication for you if you drink alcohol. › Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body. › Not safe to use if you're pregnant. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication › Interacts with grapefruit and the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin. › Can cause constipation and headache. › Don't drink too much alcohol while taking this medicine. › Your doctor might do routine blood tests to check your liver function. › Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved. › Can cause dizziness in the first few days. › Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away. › Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function. › Don't take it if you're pregnant. › Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved. Learn more More about Calan Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Diovan Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert