Dilzem (Diltiazem HCL)
What is Dilzem (Diltiazem HCL) used for?
Dilzem (Diltiazem HCL) is an oral calcium channel blocker used to treat patients suffering from angina or moderate hypertension. The medication operates by relaxing blood vessels throughout the body to allow easier circulation and reduce the amount of work placed on the heart to pump the blood. This can reduce symptoms associated with these conditions such as headaches, agitation, or chest pain. Your doctor may also prescribe this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Dilzem (Diltiazem HCL)?
Strictly follow your doctor`s directions while using Dilzem (Diltiazem HCL) to ensure the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is typically administered each day, but your individual directions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These doses should be swallowed with a large cup of water and may be taken with or without food. Do not chew or split the tablets 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 Dilzem (Diltiazem HCL)?
Dilzem (Diltiazem HCL) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Stop using the medication and contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any serious side effects such as faintness, vertigo, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, difficulty breathing, unusual swelling, darkened urine, discoloured stools, jaundice, or a severe skin rash. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical assistance in serious cases to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Do not administered Dilzem (Diltiazem HCL) to patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, children, or who have porphyrias, sick sinus syndrome, left ventricular dysfunction, or 2nd or 3rd degree heart block. Also inform your doctor if you have heart failure, 1st degree heart block, bradycardia, decreased kidney function, or decreased liver function. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Dilzem (Diltiazem HCL) 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.
Dilzem (Diltiazem HCL) 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.