Verapamil Hcl is a calcium channel blocker used to treat angina (chest pain) or high blood pressure. It is also used to treat and prevent a rapid heart rate. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Follow the directions for using Verapamil Hcl provided by your doctor. Verapamil Hcl Capsules may be taken with food or on an empty stomach. If you have difficulty swallowing this medicine whole, the capsules may be opened carefully and the contents may be sprinkled on a spoonful of applesauce. The applesauce should be swallowed immediately without chewing and followed with a glass of cool water. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice while taking this medicine. Store this medicine at room temperature, away from heat and light. If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
That may go away during treatment, include dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, fatigue, nausea, or constipation. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you experience shortness of breath, swelling of feet or hands, irregular pulse, unusually fast or slow pulse, or severe dizziness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Do not stop taking Verapamil Hcl Capsules without first checking with your doctor. This medicine may cause dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine. Verapamil prolongs and intensifies the effects of alcohol in your system. Do not drink alcohol (or very carefully limit) while you are using this medicine. Before you begin taking any new medicine, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. While you are using this medicine, brush and floss your teeth carefully to reduce swelling and tenderness of your gums. For women: if you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. This medicine is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking this medicine.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include rapid, slow, or irregular heartbeat; dizziness; fainting; and loss of consciousness.
Do not share Verapamil Hcl with others for whom it was not prescribed. Do not use this medicine for other health conditions. Keep this medicine out of the reach of children. If using this medicine for an extended period of time, obtain refills before your supply runs out.
The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your
healthcare professional before taking the product.
Drug interactions can result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing its job. Find out whether this medicine could interact with others in your Health Profile.