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Cardizem Medication - Uses & Side Effects

diltiazem
Pronunciation: dil TYE a zem
Brand: Cardizem, Cardizem CD, Cardizem LA, Cardizem SR, Cartia XT, Dilacor XR, Diltia XT, Tiazac

Cardizem are used in the treatment of angina pectoris. Cardizem CD are used to control chronic stable angina that may caused by exertion. It is also used to treat high blood pressure. Cardizem, a calcium channel blocker, dilates blood vessels and also slows the heart to reduce blood pressure and the pain of angina.

Cardizem Dosage

  • The usual dose of cardizem is 30 mg to 360 mg daily.
  • It is important that this medication should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

Uses of Cardizem

  • Diltiazem injection is used to treat irregular heartbeats.
  • This medication may also be used for chest pain or high blood pressure.
  • It may also be used for other medical conditions those are listed in the medication guide.

Side Effects of Cardizem

Before taken Cardizem medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Cardizem. Side effects may include:

  • Abnormally slow heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Fluid retention
  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Weakness

Warnings and precautions before taking Cardizem:

  • If you have congestive heart failure or suffer from kidney or liver disease, then you should use cardizem with caution.
  • This medication may also cause your heart rate to become too slow. So you should check your pulse regularly.
  • Before taking diltiazem, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other calcium channel blockers such as verapamil, nifedipine or if you have any other allergies.
  • After taken this medicine, it may make you dizzy or drowsy; so you should use caution engaging in activities that requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
  • Do not take diltiazem without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Drug Interaction :- If you are taking cardizem with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining cardizem with the following:

  • Beta-blockers (heart and blood pressure drugs such as Tenormin and Inderal)
  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral)
  • Digoxin (Lanoxin)
Overdose

After taken cardizem if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of cardizem overdose may include:

  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Irregular pulse
  • Heart failure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Very slow heartbeat


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