Calcium channel blockers and the gastrointestinal tract

Richard Findling, William Frishman, Mohammad T. Javed, Steven Heffer, Lawrence Brandt

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Calcium ions play an important role in the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal system. The calcium channel blockers appear to affect all the organs of the gastrointestinal tract and may have therapeutic efficacy on esophageal spasm, irritable bowel syndrome, mesenteric vascular insufficiency, dyskinesis of the Sphincter of Oddi, and insulinoma. Adverse effects are limited predominantly to constipation and some aggravation of ethanol-induced ulcer disease. In addition, the drugs continue to serve as important biologic probes for understanding the normal and abnormal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-408
Number of pages26
JournalAmerican journal of therapeutics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1996


  • calcium blockers
  • calcium channel blockers
  • gastrointestinal system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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