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 Formulary Chapter 2: Cardiovascular system - Full Chapter
02.06.02  Expand sub section  Calcium-channel blockers
Amlodipine
(tablet)
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Green

For hypertension; or angina if on betablocker

 
   
Diltiazem 60mg
(modified-release tablet)
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Green

Suitable for generic prescribing.

 
   
Diltiazem Hydrochloride (Viazem XL)
(prolonged-release capsule)
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Green

For angina if not on beta-blocker.

Once daily preparation.

Prescribe by brand name

 
   
Diltiazem Hydrochloride (Zemtard XL)
(prolonged-release capsule)
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Blue

For angina if not on beta-blocker

Once daily preparation

Prescribe by brand name

 
   
Nifedipine
(Modified-release tablets/capsules)
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Green

Prescribe by brand name, e.g. Adalat Retard®, Adipine MR®, Coracten SR®

 
   
Nifedipine
(prolonged-release tablets/capsules)
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Green

Prescribe by brand name, e.g. Adalat LA®, Adipine XL®, Coracten XL®

 
   
Nifedipine
(capsules)
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Green

Immediate release formulation for treatment of Raynaud's phenomenon.

Modified-release formulations preferred for other indications, including treatment of hypertension, angina prophylaxis and tocolysis.

Red Triangle Not recommended for (off label) sublingual administration.

 
   
Nimodipine (Nimotop)
(injection)
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Red

For subarachnoid haemorrhage

 
   
Nimodipine (Nimotop)
(tablet)
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Amber Initiation

For subarachnoid haemorrhage

 
   
Verapamil
(tablet/MR tablet)
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Green
 
   
Verapamil
(injection)
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Red
 
   
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 Non Formulary Items
Amlodipine besilate & valsartan  (Exforge)
(tabs)

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Non Formulary
 
Felodipine
(prolonged-release tablets)

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Non Formulary
 
Lacidipine
(tabs)

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Non Formulary
 
Lercanidipine
(tabs)

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Non Formulary
 
Nicardipine
(caps/injection)

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Non Formulary
 
  
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Status Description

Green

Suitable for prescribing by all in both primary and secondary care.  

Amber Recommended

Specialist recommended but suitable for continuation in primary care.  

Amber Initiation

Specialist initiated but suitable for continuation in primary care.  

Amber SCG

Specialist initiated and for continuation in primary care under a locally approved shared care guideline.  

Red

Suitable for prescribing in specialist settings (secondary care) only.   

Red Specialist Centre

Secondary care medicines to be used under specialised commissioning arrangements only.  

Blue

For primary care, either via FP10 or supplied through specialist services. These products may be stocked by hospital pharmacies only for supply to primary care units/wards or for continuing supplies for patients admitted on therapy.  

Black

Not recommended for use.  

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