What is Verapamil?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker used to treat irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) and high blood pressure. It relaxes your blood vessels so your heart does not have to pump as hard. It also increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart to control chest pain (angina).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine headaches 108 62
Elevated blood pressure 98 24
Cluster Headaches 77 43
Headaches 12 8
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) 9 4
Migraine 9 3

Show all 86 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 20
Moderate 36
Mild 37
None 75

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Verapamil

Side effect Patients
Constipation 19
Fatigue 6
Dizziness 5
Tiredness 5
Weight gain 4
Heart palpitations 3

Show all 73 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Verapamil

Dosage Patients
120 mg daily 10
240 mg daily 10
240 mg/24 hours daily 4
40 mg daily 3
120 mg/24 hours daily 3
180 mg daily 3
120 mg twice daily 3
1 mg daily 2
80 mg daily 2
40 mg three times daily 2

See all 26 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Verapamil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 35
Doctor's advice 32
Side effects too severe 31
Other 21
Course of treatment ended 4
Expense 3
Personal research 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 99 patients who’ve stopped taking Verapamil

Duration

Currently taking Verapamil

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 15

Stopped taking Verapamil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 24
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 135
Usually 23
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 23
Not at all hard to take 124
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 77
Not specified 85

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Verapamil after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Propranolol (Inderal) 6
Topiramate (Topamax) 6
Atenolol (Tenormin) 3
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 3
Lisinopril (Zestril) 3

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Verapamil and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 2
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 2
Topiramate (Topamax) 2
Atenolol (Tenormin) 1
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 1

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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10 patient evaluations for Verapamil

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freka
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freka
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
Condition: POTS 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
POTS

See freka's full Verapamil history

Feb 24, 2016 (Started Feb 20, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome))
  • Side effects
    Severe (Headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This was the second time I tried to take this med, and four days was all I could possibly manage; the constant headache was severe and debilitating. It did lower my heartrate a little, but not nearly enough to make this a viable treatment for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
JandyM
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JandyM
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 57
Condition: CADASIL 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
CADASIL

See JandyM's full Verapamil history

Mar 12, 2015 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Other treatments for headache and general pain caused weight gain. Verapamil does not seem to effect me in any negative way.

  • 0 helpful marks
naomiah
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naomiah
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
53 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

See naomiah's full Verapamil history

Sep 1, 2013 (Started Sep 11, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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