Calan Uses

Calan for Arrhythmias
An arrhythmia is an irregular heart rhythm. There are many different types of arrhythmias that are due to many different causes. Calan is approved to treat atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, and paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT).
 
With these types of arrhythmias, the electrical system of the heart is not functioning normally, with electrical signals being produced irregularly and too rapidly. Calan works by slowing down the electrical signals sent through the atrioventricular node (AV node) of the heart. This doesn't cure the arrhythmia; it simply prevents certain parts of the heart from responding to the rapid and irregular electrical signals.
 
Calan is approved for use along with digoxin (Digitek®, Lanoxin®) to help control the heart rhythm in people who have atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation. Calan is also approved to prevent PSVT in people who have recurring problems with this kind of arrhythmia.
 

How Calan Works

Calan is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Calan helps to slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and blood vessels. This, in turn, helps to relax the vessels, which allows better blood flow and helps to lower blood pressure. It also makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
 
There are two basic types of calcium channel blockers, dihydropyridine and non-dihydropyridine. The most important difference between the two types is that non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers can slow down the heart rate, while dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers do not. Calan is a non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, which means that it can decrease the heart rate. Because of this, Calan is useful in treating certain types of irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
 
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Calan Medication

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