Side effects are not common with this medicine, but some may occur. Minor discomforts, such as dizziness, lightheadedness, flushing, headache, and nausea, usually go away as the body adjusts to the drug and do not require medical treatment unless they persist or they are bothersome.
If any of the following side effects occur, the prescribing physician should be notified as soon as possible:
Other side effects may occur. Anyone who has unusual symptoms after taking calcium blockers should contact the prescribing physician.
Calcium channel blockers may interact with a number of other medications. When this happens, the effects of one or both of the drugs may change or the risk of side effects may increase. Anyone who takes calcium channel blockers should not take any other prescription or non-prescription (over-the-counter) medicines without first checking with the prescribing physician. Substances that may interact with calcium channel blockers include:
Diuretics (water pills). This type of medicine may cause low levels of potassium in the body, which may increase the chance of unwanted effects from some calcium channel blockers.
Anti-seizure medications such as carbamazepine (Tegretol). Calcium channel drugs may increase the effects of these medicines.
Cyclosporine (Sandimmune), a medicine that suppresses the immune system. Effects may increase if this drug is taken with calcium channel blockers.
Grapefruit juice may increase the effects of some calcium channel blockers.
The above list does not include every drug that may interact with calcium channel blockers. The prescribing physician or pharmacist will advise as to whether combining calcium channel blockers with any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter) medication is appropriate or not.
Deanna M. Swartout-Corbeil R.N., The Gale Group Inc., Gale, Detroit,