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Active Ingredient / Synonyms
Iproveratril | Vérapamil | Verapamil | Verapamilo | Verapamilum | Verapamil |
A calcium channel blocker that is a class IV anti-arrhythmia agent.
For the treatment of hypertension, angina, and cluster headache prophylaxis.
Mechanism of Action
Verapamil inhibits voltage-dependent calcium channels. Specifically, its effect on L-type calcium channels in the heart causes a reduction in ionotropy and chronotropy, thuis reducing heart rate and blood pressure. Verapamil's mechanism of effect in cluster headache is thought to be linked to its calcium-channel blocker effect, but which channel subtypes are involved is presently not known.
Verapamil is an L-type calcium channel blocker that also has antiarrythmic activity. The R-enantiomer is more effective at reducing blood pressure compared to the S-enantiomer. However, the S-enantiomer is 20 times more potent than the R-enantiomer at prolonging the PR interval in treating arrhythmias.
Approximately 70% of an administered dose is excreted as metabolites in the urine and 16% or more in the feces within 5 days. About 3% to 4% is excreted in the urine as unchanged drug.
LD50=8 mg/kg (i.v. in mice)
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