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Generic Name: Verapamil Immediate-Release Tablets (ver-AP-a-mil)
Brand Name: Calan
Calan is used for:
Treating high blood pressure and chronic stable angina (chest pain). It may be used alone or with other medicines. It is also used for treating and preventing supraventricular tachycardia (a rhythm disturbance of the heart) and for controlling heart rate response to other rhythm disturbances, specifically atrial fibrillation and a trial flutter. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Calan is a calcium channel blocker. It works by relaxing (dilating) your blood vessels, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing heart rate, which lowers the workload on the heart. It also dilates coronary arteries, increasing blood flow to the heart. It also works by slowing the electrical conduction in the heart, slowing heart rate, and/or normalizing heart rhythm.
Calcium channel blockers do not affect calcium levels in the blood or calcium in the bones.
Do NOT use Calan if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Calan:
Some medical conditions may interact with Calan. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Calan. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Calan may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Calan:
Use Calan as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Calan.
Important safety information:
Possible side effects of Calan:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include decreased mental status; dizziness; loss of consciousness; shortness of breath; slow or irregular heartbeat.Proper storage of Calan:
Store Calan between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Calan out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Calan. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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