Management of calcium channel blocker overdose
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Management of calcium channel blocker overdose

Serena Mann Staff nurse in the emergency department, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Serena Mann discusses treatment for people who have taken potentially lethal doses of drugs intended for arrhythmia, angina and hypertension

The management of patients who have overdosed with calcium channel blockers (CCBs), which are commonly prescribed for hypertension, arrhythmia and angina, can be difficult but early initiation of the correct treatment increases the likelihood of good outcomes. This article refers to a case study to illustrate the unpredictable nature of overdose with CCBs and describes the treatment needed to reverse their effects.

Emergency Nurse. 21, 10, 36-39. doi: 10.7748/en2014.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 23 January 2014

Accepted: 11 February 2014