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Composition for CALAPTIN

Verapamil(80 mg)

food interaction for CALAPTIN

alcohol interaction for CALAPTIN

pregnancy interaction for CALAPTIN

lactation interaction for CALAPTIN

It is better to take Calaptin 80 mg tablet with food.
Avoid Calaptin 80 mg tablet with grapefruit juice.
Taking Verapamil with alcohol can cause minor side effects
Calaptin 80 mg tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Verapamil(80 mg)


Calaptin 80 mg tablet is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure (BP), angina (chest pain) and arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat).

How it works

Calaptin 80 mg tablet blocks the action of calcium on the heart and blood vessels. As a result, blood vessels are relaxed and heart beats with less force. This lowers the blood pressure, abnormally fast heart beat and protects the heart following a heart attack.

Common side effects

Blurred vision, Bradycardia, Constipation, Dizziness, Fainting, Headache, Heartburn, Increased prolactin level in blood, Limb swelling, Loss of appetite, Skin rash

Common Dosage for CALAPTIN 80 MG TABLET

Patients taking CALAPTIN 80 MG TABLET

  • 48%
    Thrice A Day
  • 22%
    Twice A Day
  • 13%
    Once A Day
  • 4%
    Thrice A week
  • 4%
    Twice A Week
  • 4%
    Alternate Day
  • 4%
    Four Times A Day


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Expert advice for CALAPTIN

  • Notify your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant.
  • Verapamil can cause swelling in the ankle or feet. Notify your doctor if it bothers you.
  • The missing dose of the Verapamil can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. You can take the medicine at the same time every day to avoid forgetting it.
  • You may get a headache that lasts for a short time, after starting Verapamil. This should become less noticeable after a few days.
  • Verapamil may cause dizziness in the first few days of starting the treatment.
  • Your doctor may recommend a change in the lifestyle to lower your blood pressure. It may include: 
    • Maintain a normal body weight (body mass index, 18.5-24.9 kg/m2). 
    • Consume fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and reduce saturated-total fat.
    • Reduce daily dietary sodium intake as much as possible, ideally to 65 mmol/day (1.5 g/day sodium or 3.8 g/day sodium chloride).
    • Regular aerobic physical activity (at least 30 minutes/day, most days of the week).
    • Limit alcohol consumption to less than or equal to 2 drinks per day (1oz or 30ml ethanol eg 24oz beer, 10 oz wine, or 3 oz 80-proof whiskey).
  • Swelling, bleeding or tenderness of gums may occur after starting the treatment. Brushing and flossing of teeth carefully and regularly may prevent this.

Frequently asked questions for CALAPTIN


Q.Is verapamil safe?
Yes. Verapamil is relatively safe if taken in prescribed dose for prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.Can I take ibuprofen/aspirin/Benadryl/Tylenol with verapamil?
Verapamil can be taken with ibuprofen/aspirin/paracetamol (Tylenol) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl) if prescribed by your doctor

Q.Does verapamil cause weight changes, heartburn or leg cramps?
No, Verapamil is not known to affect your weight. If you notice any weight changes, please consult your doctor

Q.Does verapamil affect heart rate?
One of the side-effects of verapamil is slow heart rate. If you notice such symptoms, please consult your doctor

Q.Is verapamil a beta blocker, statin, ant cholinergic, MOA inhibitor?
No. Verapamil is not a beta blocker, statin, MOA inhibitor or anticholinergic. It is a calcium channel blocker. However, both the classes of drugs are used for managing high blood pressure and abnormal heart beats (arrhythmia)

Q.Is verapamil used for migraine headaches?
Yes, verapamil can be useful for migraine headaches. But take verapamil only if it is prescribed to you by your doctor


Content on this page was last updated on 11 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)