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How Does Covera-HS Work?

Covera-HS is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Covera-HS helps to slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the blood vessels, which improves blood flow and makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
 
There are two basic types of calcium channel blockers, dihydropyridine and non-dihydropyridine. The most important difference between the two types is that non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers can slow down the heart rate, while dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers do not. Covera-HS is a non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, which means that it can decrease the heart rate. Because of this, Covera-HS is useful for treating certain types of irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
 
Covera-HS tablets are designed to slowly release the medication four to five hours after the medication is taken. Because Covera-HS is taken at bedtime, the effects of Covera-HS peak in the early morning hours, when blood pressure naturally rises.
 

When and How to Take Covera-HS

Some general considerations for when and how to take Covera-HS include:
 
  • Covera-HS comes in the form of a tablet. Covera-HS is taken by mouth, usually once a day at bedtime.
     
  • It does not matter if you take Covera-HS with or without food.
     
  • Because Covera-HS tablets are extended release, they should not be broken, chewed, or crushed. Be sure to swallow the tablets whole.
     
  • Covera-HS should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
     
  • For Covera-HS to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Covera-HS will not work if you stop taking it.
     
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