Isoptin is taken alone or with other drugs to treat high blood pressure and help patients prevent serious heart problems, such as strokes. This medication belongs to a group of meds called calcium channel blockers, and it works by relaxing blood vessels and letting the blood flow easier. It’s possible to use Isoptin to prevent angina, and its intake may help patients increase their ability to exercise while reducing the frequency of angina attacks. You can take it to control and lower heart rates or treat hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
How to Use Isoptin Correctly
You should take a regular dose orally, 3-4 times a day, both with and without food. It’s always based on individual tolerance to this therapy. When using this medication to treat hypertension, it takes a while to get its full benefit. To prevent angina, you need to take it on a regular basis.
Possible Mild and Severe Side Effects
The intake of Isoptin may result in specific adverse effects, such as:
Nausea and unusual tiredness;
Constipation and dizziness;
Headaches and slow heartbeats;
Allergic reactions and others.
Most of these unwanted symptoms are mild, and they don’t affect many patients. To reduce your risk of lightheadedness and dizziness, be sure to get up slowly from sitting and lying positions. You need to go to the hospital right after noticing the following serious side effects that are quite rare:
Sudden weight gain and shortness of breath;
Swelling feet and ankles;
Fainting and dark urine;
Severe stomach pain and persistent vomiting;
Yellowing of the eyes and skin.
Basic Precautions for All Patients Taking Isoptin
Before you start this therapy, visit your doctor to be properly examined and discuss other pre-existing medical conditions. For example, doctors need to know everything about your medical history, especially possible allergies, kidney and liver problems, muscle and nerve disorders, specific heart rhythm conditions, heart failure and other diseases, etc. When taking Isoptin, you shouldn’t drive or do other activities that require complete alertness, because it can make you feel dizzy. Don’t drink too much alcohol for safety reasons, and tell doctors about its use before any surgery. Older people are more sensitive to the side effects of this medication, and pregnant or nursing women should be careful with its intake.
Drug Combinations to Avoid
There are medications that should be avoided when taking Isoptin because of dangerous drug interactions. It means that they change the way it works and result in increased severe side effects. You shouldn’t take this medication with such meds as dofetilide, aliskiren, lithium, midazolam, statin drugs, pills for organ transplant and others. It’s necessary to make a complete list of other pharmaceutical products that you’re using, including herbal supplements and prescription drugs. Keep it with yourself when visiting your doctor to avoid possible health risks.