bepridil, Vascor

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

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GENERIC NAME: bepridil

BRAND NAME: Vascor (Discontinued in the U.S.)

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Bepridil is an oral calcium channel blocker (CCB). Other calcium channel blockers include nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat), amlodipine (Norvasc), felodipine (Plendil),nicardipine (Cardene), isradipine (Dynacirc), nisoldipine (Sular), verapamil (Calan; Isoptin; Covera; Verelan), and diltiazem (Cardizem; Tiazac; Dilacor). Bepridil is unrelated chemically to other calcium channel blockers. Moreover, unlike other calcium channel blockers, bepridil blocks sodium as well as calcium channels in a manner similar to quinidine (Quinaglute; Duraquin; Quinidex), procainamide (Procan-SR; Pronestyl), and disopyramide (Norpace), drugs that are used to treat abnormal heart rhythms.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/17/2015
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