Cardizem - Uses & Side Effects
Generic name: Diltiazem hydrochloride
Cardizem and Cardizem CD (a controlled release form of diltiazem) are used in the treatment of angina pectoris (chest pain usually caused by lack of oxygen to the heart due to clogged arteries). Cardizem, Cardizem CD, and Cardizem LA (an extended-release, once-a-day tablet form of diltiazem) are used to control chronic stable angina (caused by exertion). Cardizem CD and Cardizem LA are also used to treat high blood pressure. Another controlled release form, Cardizem SR, is used only in the treatment of high blood pressure. Cardizem, a calcium channel blocker, dilates blood vessels and slows the heart to reduce blood pressure and the pain of angina.
The recommended dose of cardizem can range from 30 mg to 360 mg daily. The capsules should not be chewed or crushed.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Uses of Cardizem
Side Effects of Cardizem
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Cardizem. Side effects may include:
Warnings and precautions before taking Cardizem:
Drug Interaction :- If Cardizem is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Cardizem with the following:
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Cardizem, seek medical attention immediately.The symptoms of Cardizem overdose may include:
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