Having recently been diagnosed with angina and prescribed calcium channel blockers, I have been reading up about them. I am quite alarmed to read that they can be dangerous, eg cause heart attack, stroke, cancer! Does anyone have any more information on this drug?
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You are being treated for angina and CCBs are effective in reducing blood pressure and angina. In reducing blood pressure they also reduce the risk of stroke. Sometimes they are contra-indicated in some types of heart failure but this would not be applicable in your case. There was also a study which showed no cancer link:
They are being prescribed to reduce the risk of angina and possibly a cardiac event. The idea is to keep you safe!
I'm sorry but doses were never mentioned by the original poster, rather their concern regarding how calcium channel blockers "can be dangerous, eg cause heart attack, stroke, cancer" who was clearly asking for any personal information. Doses, excessive doses and specific drugs by name is clearly an area for a professional and not within the remit of individuals on an "ad hoc" help and advice page populated by patients.
When you say you checked up on them, if it wasn't through a professional trusted medical source I'd take it with a pinch of salt as the saying goes, in other words don't take it that it is true beyond doubt.
And did you red the information leaflet that accompanies the medication? A lot of people don't bother but there is a section that deals with side effects.
Thank you for replying. I have read the leaflet that came with medication. As I said, this is all very new to me so am just trying to read as much about angina/ medications as possible. If I am honest I found my cardiac specialist nurse pretty vague about the medication. I know not to believe everything I read
Do you feel more reassured about taking your Calcium channel blockers?
If you are still uncertain have chat with your local pharmacist they are in my experience very knowledgeable about medication and their side effects.
I have few side effects not even swollen ankles but I do need my daily intake of prunes😊