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Are there any channel blockers that won't cause serious side effects to gums?

Diltiazem CD 180mg/daily for 12 years for SVT (supraventricular tachycardia). Developed serious gum side effects. Are there channel blockers without this side effect?

submitted by Vic from Williamson, West Virginia on 3/7/2014


by St. Luke's Medical Center pharmacist, Stephen Michaud, PharmD, BCPS

Unfortunately, the literature shows that gingival hyperplasia is associated with all calcium channel blockers. This is a well know side effect of long term calcium channel blocker therapy. I would refer you back to your physician.  

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