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Treating Chest Pain Due to Insufficient Blood Supply to the Heart

Hypertension (High blood pressure): It is the count of blood pressure greater than 120/80 mm Hg consistently. High blood pressure or hypertension increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. The goal of treatment is to lower high blood pressure.

Verapamil is used to treat hypertension, chest pain due to the insufficient blood supply to heart etc. It was approved for medicinal use in 1981 in the United States.

How do Verapamil works?

Verapamil belongs to the class of medication called as calcium- channel blockers (CCBs). Calcium is important for the smooth muscle of heart and blood vessels for contraction. CCBs reduce the amount of calcium to enter these smooth muscle. This relaxes the blood vessels.

CCBs reduce the pressure in the arteries. It dilates the arteries. This allows the heart to pump blood easily and the heart needs less oxygen. Dilation also increases the blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart. It slows electrical activity in the heart and thus controls the heart rate

How to take Verapamil?

Verapamil is available in the form of tablets of 240 mg.

Angina and Hypertension.

  • Adult Dosage: 80-120 mg three times in a day.
  • Elderly Dosage 40 mg three times in a Dy.

Arrhythmia-240 to 320 mg/day in divided doses.

  • Maximum daily dose- 480 mg per day.
  • Children Dosage- safety and efficacy not established.


  1. Dose adjustment may be done based on your condition.
  2. Take the tablet with food or milk. This will reduce gastric irritation.

What are the uses of Verapamil?   

  1. It is used to lower your blood pressure.
  2. Relax your blood vessels.
  3. Improve your blood flow.
  4. Reduce the amount of work your heart has to do.
  5. Lowering blood pleasure helps to prevent strokes, kidney problems, and heart attacks.
  6. Used to prevent and decrease the number of Angina attack.
  7. Increase your ability to exercise.
  8. Useful in treating atrial fibrillation (fast or irregular heartbeat)
  9. It may also use to treat a migraine.

What are the precautions in taking Verapamil?

It is necessary to consider certain condition while you start taking verapamil. Inform your doctor if you have/are.

  • Allergic to the above drug.
  • Heart rhythm problem.
  • Heart failure.
  • Muscle nerve disorder.
  • Liver disease.
  • Kidney disease.
  • Upcoming surgery.

Consult your doctor regarding its use in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Take it on a regular basis as prescribed.

Inform about all other medicines you take.

The drug may make you dizzy. Be alert or avoid driving, use of machinery etc. that need to be alert.

Cost of Verapamil (Generic and Brand)

Generic and Brand drugs contain the very same active ingredient. The difference is their price. Generic medicines save money. They don’t spend in expenditures like marketing, packaging, pricing etc. This benefit is shared to our customers.

  • Cost of Generic Verapamil.

Pack of 30 tablets of 240 mg costs $ 29, per unit cost is $ 0.97.

  • Cost of Brand Calan.

Pack of 30 tablets of 240 mg costs $ 292.52, per unit cost is $ 9.75.

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