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What is verapamil?

A type of calcium channel blocker medication which can be effective in preventing migraine, used also to treat hypertension, congestive heart failure, or angina or migraine. Brand names include Isoptin, Verelan, Calan, and Bosoptin.

A few patients may experience serious side effects that require immediate emergency medical assistance. Physicians should inquire about the patientís dietary grapefruit consumption and should heed against grapefruit consumption while on this medication.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice products may have serious interactions with verapamil. An allergic reaction usually presents with facial swelling (swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat) hives, and respiratory distress. Severe side effects may include allergic reaction, jaundice, fainting, swelling of the ankles and feet, heart failure, shortness of breath, odd behaviors, psychosis, or an unusual fast or slow heart rate.

Patients with a medical history reflecting muscular dystrophy, kidney disease, heart diseases, blood vessel disease, or liver disease may not be able to tolerate verepamil or may require constant monitoring while undergoing drug therapy with this medication.

What cold and/or allergy medications can I take with Verapamil? by Giddy Goo

QUESTION: I'm on Verapamil due to an extra signal that causes my heart to beat more than necessary. I was told that I shouldn't take anything with similar ingredients as Sudafed, but that was the only thing that would stop a runny or stuffed up nose for me. Any alternate suggestions?

ANSWER: One thing to remember when you suffer from allergies sometimes changing your diet and drinking more water can help. Cortacid is for people with high BP and/or on heart medication. Don't let the humidity in your residence get too low. I find it works for me. I take Verapamil for the same reason you do. Sometimes are systems need to be flushed out of all the toxins we ingest from foods. It helps if you cover your head with a towel.

However since it says no I can't really recommend it lol. Good luck and best wishes. Also if your nose is stuffed up try putting your head over a steaming bowl of water and inhaled as best you can. I am presently on Verapamil and take a prescription medication (generic) called Fexofenadine Hydrocholoride. I've also needed to take Claritin for hives and was not told I couldn't. I got a bad cold a month ago and used it and it was okay. I found great relief from my sinus problems with a nasal rinse. That being said it does not have a decongestant. You can always check with your pharmacist. (Admittedly I also used Vicks Nasal spray which you aren't supposed to do, but it only raised my bp a little and didn't really have any other reaction. I also take Verapamil for my blood pressure and with sinus problems/allergies sometimes do need to take Sudafed. You should consider going to your local health food store they have a lot of natural alternatives to over the counter medicines like sudafed.