Cardizem CD (Diltiazem HCL)
What is Cardizem CD (Diltiazem HCL) used for?
Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride) is an oral calcium channel blocker prescribed to treat patients suffering from angina. The medication relaxes blood vessels throughout the body to allow easier blood flow increasing circulation and reducing the amount of work required by the heart. This action may also make it useful for treating hypertension. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Cardizem CD (Diltiazem HCL)?
Follow your doctor`s directions while using Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride) to get the best results from treatment. The best dosage and application frequency will be determined by your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, but a meal or snack is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Avoid changing the form of the medication prior to use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Cardizem CD (Diltiazem HCL)?
Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Serious side effects possibly requiring immediate medical attention are severe dizziness, faintness, irregular heartbeats, slowed heartbeats, chest pain, breathing problems, unusual swelling, darkened urine, discoloured stools, jaundice, or severe skin rashes. Contact your doctor as soon as you experience any worrying symptoms to make sure the necessary alterations are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent more complications from occurring.
Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride) should not be used by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, children, lactose intolerant, or who have uncontrolled heart failure, porphyrias, bradycardia, left ventricular dysfunction, sick sinus syndrome, or 2nd or 3rd degree heart block. Also inform your doctor if you have heart failure, 1st degree heart block, decreased liver function, or decreased kidney function as these conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.