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Calcium Channel Blockers Can Cause Gerd


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#1 barefut

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 02:30 PM

I just read from a reputable online source that calcium channel blockers are a cause of GERD.

So, why then, would a doctor prescribe CCB's for a patient with GERD instead of Viagra or Cialis?

(my GERD is worsening and I'm on CCB's)

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 04:58 PM

Good question .... I had been taking a CCB for my raynauds for a while when I also read that they can cause weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter ..... one of the problems with GERD. I asked my MD about it and he said that there are pros and cons for each med. I have recently stopped the CCB because of untoward side effects and was prescribed Revatio, which is basically Viagara repackaged with FDA approval for pulmonary arterial hypertension. Viagara, Cialis and now this Revatio are not approved for Raynauds as far as I can tell. THe Revatio my MD ordered turned out to cost $760/month....soooo....I won't be taking that one! I am waiting for my MD to try to get it through the insurance company but when they are "off label" usages it may be a battle.
I have read on this forum many people who use Cialis or Viagara for their raynauds.....and it works well for them.
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Posted 23 January 2007 - 08:03 PM

Lauriejill,

I can sympathize, but aren't Cialis and Viagra nearly as expensive? I'm guessing that there aren't generics yet.

I read a disturbing article that brand name drug manufacturers are paying off generic drug manufacturers to delay the release of their drugs.

consumers always lose. :angry:

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