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    Do They Have Food and Drug Interactions?

    Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking a calcium channel blocker.

    Avoid alcohol, as it interferes with the effects of calcium channel blockers and increases the side effects.

    It is important that your doctor is aware of all the medications you are taking, as some may have the potential to interact with calcium channel blockers. Talk to your doctor before taking any new medication, including over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and supplements.

    Can Pregnant Women Take Them?

    Calcium channel blockers can be used during pregnancy to manage high blood pressure and preeclampsia. However, you should always consult with your doctor before taking calcium channel blockers during pregnancy.

    These drugs may pass into breast milk, but no adverse effect on breastfed infants has been found. Discuss the risks and benefits of using calcium channel blockers while breastfeeding with your doctor.

     

    Can Children Take Them?

    The safety of calcium channel blockers in children has not been established; however, no problems have been found to date. Discuss the risks and benefits of giving your child calcium channel blockers with your child's doctor.

    Can Elderly People Take Them?

    Older adults have more side effects from calcium channel blockers than younger people. As a result, lower doses are frequently prescribed.

     

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    Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on February 26, 2016
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