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Calan (Verapamil)

Prescription only

Plendil (felodipine)

Prescription only
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.

3.8/ 7 average rating with 43 reviewsforCalan
Lowers blood pressure.

Plendil (felodipine) works well to lower blood pressure, but it may cause swelling in your arms and legs at higher doses.

  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • 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.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly.
  • Treats certain abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Plendil (felodipine) is a good option for people with high blood pressure.
  • Calcium channel blockers sometimes work better for people of African descent than other blood pressure lowering drugs.
  • 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.
  • Plendil (felodipine) may not work as well as other calcium channel blockers.
  • It can lead to more swelling in your arms and legs when taken at higher doses.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Plendil (felodipine) could cause a sudden spike in blood pressure.
  • Plendil (felodipine) can't be crushed or cut into two.
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  • Extended release
  • Delayed release capsule
  • Extended release
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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Lethargy
  • Dyspepsia
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8possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Swelling
  • Flushing
  • Racing heart beat
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Colds or flu
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Risks and warnings
  • Heart failure

    Severe left ventricular dysfunction (ejection fraction <30%)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Elevated liver enzymes

    History of liver disease

  • Heart rhythm problems

    History of kidney disease

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Low blood pressure

    Over age 65

  • Heart failure

    Taking in combination with a beta-blocker

  • Special dosing requirements

    Liver disease

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Swelling in arms and legs

    History of heart failure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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