European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 453–457 | Cite as

Effect of felodipine, a new calcium channel antagonist, on platelet function and fibrinolytic activity at rest and after exercise

  • H. Sengeløv
  • K. Winther


Fourteen healthy male volunteers (age 21–29 years, mean 23.7 years) were given placebo for 14 days followed immediately by felodipine 5 mg b.d. for a further 14 days. After each period of treatment blood for analysis was taken at rest and after exercise on a cycle ergometer. Platelet aggregation, plasma beta-thromboglobulin (B-TG), platelet factor 4 (PF-4), adrenaline and noradrenaline, and serum thromboxane B2 (TXB2), 6-keto-prostaglandin (F (6-keto-PGF), and euglobulin clot lysis time (ECLT), were measured on each occasion. The ECG, heart rate and blood pressure were monitored during the exercise tests.

After felodipine therapy there was a significant decrease in the plasma level of PF-4 and B-TG at rest. This effect was maintained during exercise. There was no significant change in platelet aggregation, ECLT, TXB2 or 6-keto-PGF at rest or during exercise. Irrespective of therapy, the plasma levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline were increased and the ECLT was decreased when measured immediately after exercise.

Thus, felodipine in modest therapeutic dosage decreases the plasma levels of B-TG and PF-4, indicating an inhibitory effect on platelet on release. The effect also occurred during exercise. Felodipine did not change fibrinolytic activity or the production of TXB2 or 6-keto-PGF.

Key words

felodipine calcium channel blockade exercise platelet function fibrinolytic activity platelet release adverse effects 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Sengeløv
    • 1
  • K. Winther
    • 2
  1. 1.Medical Department CBispebjerg HospitalDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Clinical ChemistryFrederiksberg Hospital and Hvidovre HospitalCopenhagenDenmark

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