Posted by Annie on January 20, 2000, at 12:15:45
In reply to stimulants; Aricept; Ca++ blockers; Parnate, posted by Elizabeth on January 20, 2000, at 9:30:38
> Anybody used Ca++ blockers (especially, but not only, with MAOIs)? How are they? I've only taken Procardia a couple times.
Elizabeth, I take Covera HS(Verapamil Hydrochloride) with Parnate. It is a calcium channel blocker like Procardia, but it has a 4-5 hour delay in drug delivery (vs 30 minutes)and is extended-release. I haven't had any problems with the combination and my BP has stayed relatively constant on the Parnate. Since I had a spontaneous hypertensive crises the last time I trialed Parnate, this has alleviated a lot of my fear. I have hypertension, so if your BP is normal, the combination with Parnate could cause a more profound hypotension. It also intensifies the action of Lithium so if you are still taking it, you may have to adjust it to avoid possible toxicity.