Posted by Ueli (18.104.22.168) on September 02, 1999 at 07:05:53:
In Reply to: Verapamil posted by doris on September 01, 1999 at 23:34:08:
Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker (whatever that means). It was originally developed to threat certain heart problems. But it's also a first choice preventive for CH. Nobody really knows how and why it works, but the fact is that attacks are greatly reduced in level and duration, sometimes even suppressed completely, for many of us. The trick is to take a high enough dose, doctors are sometimes over-cautiously in that. Currently I am taking 480 mg/day (but others go as high as 720 mg/d) and I can abort my attacks within 5 - 10 minutes with O2. I never went above a #3 Kip level in my current 7 month cycle! If you haven't tried it yet, I strongly recommend that you do, speak to your doc about it! But do not expect immediate results, it may take up to 2 weeks to kick in and some experimenting to find a high enough dose.
I hope that answers some of your questions and wish you PFNAD's
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