Summary Four calcium channel blockers were tested from the point of view of their influence on enzymic lipid oxidation and on generation of superoxide anions. All the compounds were found to be antioxidants as tested by the inhibition of NADPH-stimulated malonaldehyde formation from lipids. IC 50 values were 60 μM for nifedipine; 1.1 μM for verapamil; 1.4 μM for fendiline and 20.6 μM for diltiazem. Only nifedipine scavenged superoxide anions both in an enzymic (xanthine:xanthine oxidase) and non-enzymic (phenazine methosulphate:NADH) generating system. IC 50 values for this inhibition were about 2.5 times higher than for inhibition of formation of malonaldehyde. Nifedipine inhibited also xanthine oxidase-mediated formation of uric acid.