GENERIC NAME: VERAPAMIL - INJECTION (ver-APP-uh-mill)
BRAND NAME(S): Isoptin
USES: This drug is a calcium channel blocker. Calcium is involved in blood vessel contraction and in controlling the electrical impulses within the heart. By blocking calcium, verapamil relaxes and widens blood vessels and can normalize heart rates. Verapamil is used to treat irregular heartbeats.
HOW TO USE: This drug is given by direct intravenous (IV) injection. Generally, the injection is given slowly with heart and blood pressure monitoring over at least a two minute period (at least three minutes in the elderly). Generally the starting dose is 5-10 mg, with a second dose 15-30 minutes later if necessary. Children's doses may range from 0.75 mg to 5 mg. Dosage is tailored to each person's medical problems.
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