new calcium channel blocker for hypertension called Sular (nisoldipine)

Zeneca is coming out with a new calcium channel blocker for hypertension called Sular (nisoldipine). It comes at a bad time...with all the concerns about using calcium blockers for hypertension.

Sular is a second-generation dihydropyridine...similar to amlodipine (Norvasc) and felodipine (Plendil).

These drugs are strong vasodilators. They lower blood pressure...but can also cause edema, headache, or dizziness.

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