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There are specific medications that are used as a first line of defense against cluster headaches. One of these medications is Verapamil. Keep reading to uncover some useful information on this drug and how it can help your cluster headaches. Verapamil comes from a class of medication called a calcium channel blocker. It is commonly used to treat high blood pressure and angina. It is also used to control irregular heart beats in some patients. Verapamil works by relaxing the veins and the arteries in the body. If the blood vessels are more relaxed, the heart does not have to work as hard to pump the blood through them. The mechanism by which Verapamil works on cluster headaches is not completely understood, but doctors have had great success using this drug to prevent cluster headaches. Verapamil is the generic name for this drug. The brand names for Verapamil are:*Calan*Calan SR*Covera-HS*Isoptin*Isoptin-SR*Verelan*Verelan PMBefore you start taking Verapamil, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, any heart related condition or muscular dystrophy. You may not be able to take Verapamil if you have any of these conditions. If you are able to take the drug, the dosage may need to be adjusted for your particular medical condition. The following is a list of side effects that could result from taking Verapamil or any of the other brand names listed above. Notify your doctor immediately if you have any of the side effects. *Difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue or throat.*Fainting*An unusually slow heart rate*An unusually fast heart rate*Swelling in your legs or ankles*Yellowing of the eyes or skin*Abnormal behaviorThe most commonly reported side effect from taking Verapamil is constipation. Be sure to increase your water and fiber intake. Take the drug exactly as prescribed by the doctor. An important point to remember about Verapamil and the other brand name calcium channel blockers is that you must avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice. Grapefruit products have been known to interact with calcium channel blockers and sometimes cause potentially dangerous side effects. You should also avoid the use of alcohol while taking Verapamil. Alcohol along with the Verapamil can lower your blood pressure resulting in dizziness and possibly fainting. Talk with your doctor about using Verapamil for your cluster headaches. If he thinks it is right for you, it could mean the end of your excruciating headaches.
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