calcium channel blocker

noun

Definition of calcium channel blocker

: any of a class of drugs (such as verapamil) that prevent or slow the influx of calcium ions into smooth muscle cells and are used especially to treat some forms of angina pectoris and some cardiac arrhythmias

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Recent Examples on the Web Those preventative medicine treatments include anticonvulsants, antidepressants, beta blockers and calcium channel blockers that might help control withdrawal pain without risking medication overuse headaches. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 26 May 2020 That might include medication (such as blood thinners, anti-seizure medications, or calcium channel blockers that can reduce some of the symptoms of Moyamoya). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 28 Nov. 2018 Also, other studies have shown that calcium channel blockers may actually prevent pancreatic cancer. David Becker, Philly.com, 12 June 2018 Beta blockers may reduce the frequency and severity of migraines, and calcium channel blockers can help prevent migraines altogether, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, 12 July 2018 Verapamil is a drug that lowers blood pressure and in a class called calcium channel blockers. NBC News, 9 July 2018 Among the 4,338 women who had taken a short-acting calcium channel blocker for high blood pressure, 45 (or about 1%) were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, 18 Apr. 2018

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Calcium channel blocker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calcium%20channel%20blocker. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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calcium channel blocker

noun

Medical Definition of calcium channel blocker

: any of a class of drugs (as verapamil) that prevent or slow the influx of calcium ions into smooth muscle cells especially of the heart and that are used especially to treat some forms of angina pectoris and some cardiac arrhythmias

called also calcium blocker

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