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Verapamil is a medication which is used in treatment for high blood pressure, pain in the chest (angina) and irregular heart rhythm. Verapamil relaxes the muscles of the blood vessels and heart. In most cases you will have to combine Verapamil with other medications. You treatment will also include special diet and exercises. It is important to follow the exact instruction from your doctor in order to achieve the optimal results and to avoid possible side effects.

Side Effects

Verapamil may have a number of side effects. The side effect which do not require urgent medical help include mild headache, tiredness, dizziness, tingling sensation under the skin, itchiness, mild rash, nausea and constipation. More serious side effects of Verapamil may include irregular pulse, severe skin disorder such as rash, peeling and blistering, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat, severe headache, swelling of the hands and feet, severe pain in the stomach, nausea, changes in color of the urine and stool, and jaundice. You may also experience lightheadedness, dizziness, especially if you stand up too fast from lying or sitting position, faintness, fatigue, and ache in the entire body. Some patients may also notice changes in weight after some time. It is important to notify your doctor in case you notice any unusual health changes. The most common side effects of Verapamil are dizziness, headache, mild nausea and constipation.

Allergic Reaction

In case you are allergic to Verapamil, you may experience allergic reaction. Allergic reaction to Verapamil may include breathing difficulties, tension in the chest and swelling of the tongue, lips or face. You must seek medical help as soon as possible in case of such reactions.

Safety Measures

Verapamil may cause psychological and mental changes, so be careful while you drive, operate complicated equipment or do anything which requires alertness. Verapamil is not recommended for patients with serious heart diseases, low blood pressure and for patients who have just had a heart attack. In cases of liver or kidney disease, or disorders which affected your nerves or muscles, the dose of Verapamil will have to be adjusted. You should inform your doctor if you are pregnant or you are breastfeeding because Verapamil may cause harm to your baby. Since high blood pressure is a condition which has no symptoms in most cases, you must not stop taking Verapamil if you feel fine. Your doctor will decide on the exact course of your treatment. Avoid grapefruit and alcohol while you are taking Verapamil to avoid the risk of side effects.

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