Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs) (cont.)

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For what conditions are calcium channel blockers used?

CCBs are used for treating

They also may be used after a heart attack, particularly among patients who cannot tolerate beta-blocking drugs, have atrial fibrillation, or require treatment for their angina.

Unlike beta blockers, CCBs have not been shown to reduce mortality or additional heart attacks after a heart attack.

CCBs are as effective as ACE inhibitors in reducing blood pressure, but they may not be as effective as ACE inhibitors in preventing the kidney failure caused by high blood pressure or diabetes.

Calcium channel blockers may be more effective for people of African decent than other blood pressure medications.

They also are used for treating:

CCBs are also used in the prevention of migraine headaches.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/21/2015

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