Calcium Channel Blockers

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What is a Calcium Channel Blocker?

Calcium channel blockers used to control high blood pressure can have life threatening side effects.  Often under the name brands of Procardia XL, Norvasc, Cardizem CD, and Adalat CC, they also have different names depending on the manufacturer.  They work by preventing the movement of calcium in the cells around the heart and blood vessels thus relaxing the cells and promoting blood flow to the heart, reducing the heart?s workload.

What are the Side Effects of Calcium Channel Blockers?

Some clinical studies have shown that these drugs have caused an increase in heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.  Heart attacks for patients using calcium channel blockers have increased by approximately 25% and heart failures have increased by the same amount.  Other hypertension reducing medicines, such as beta blockers and diuretics, have been shown to be as effective without the serious side effects.

What is the Current Status of Calcium Channel Blockers?

Calcium channel blockers are still on the market.  Several physicians have put out studies warning of the side effects but the FDA has not banned the sales of the drugs. 

Do I Need a Lawyer if I have been Injured by Calcium Channel Blockers?

If you're currently taking a calcium channel blocking drug to reduce your hypertension, consult your doctor.  You also may want to speak with an experienced products liability attorney.  A products liability lawyer can help you recover damages for any injuries you suffered as a result of using calcium channel blockers.

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Last Modified: 07-24-2012 04:37 PM PDT

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