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Calcium Channel Blocker-Drug Interactions: Strategies for Avoiding Untoward Effects

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Calcium channel blockers are commonly prescribed to treat several cardiovascular diseases and may be helpful in other conditions, such as migraine and bipolar disorder.1 These agents are associated with numerous clinically significant drug interactions.1-3 While some of these interactions, such as the effect of verapamil on serum digoxin concentrations, are well-known, others are not widely recognized— yet warrant attention.

My aim here is to heighten your awareness of these interactions to ensure optimal management as well as patient safety. I emphasize pharmacokinetic interactions.

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