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Common Blood Pressure Drug May Not Be So Useful for Heart

12/07/2000 continued...

Concerned patients taking calcium-channel blockers should talk with their doctors before stopping the use of calcium-channel blockers on their own.

"The risk of abruptly stopping a medication -- such as a calcium-channel blocker -- is greater than continuing it until patients can go talk with their doctor about a particular study and consider changing it to a different blood pressure agent," says Norman Feinsmith, MD, FACC, a cardiologist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

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