Common Blood Pressure Drug May Not Be So Useful for Heart
Concerned patients taking calcium-channel blockers should talk
with their doctors before stopping the use of calcium-channel blockers on their
"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.