Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride)
What is Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride) used for?
Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride) is used to treat hypertension, chest pain caused by angina and heart rhythm disorders. It is in a class of drugs known as calcium channel blockers, which work by increasing the supply of oxygen to the heart and relaxing the blood vessels. This helps the blood to flow more easily and also reduces high blood pressure.
How should I use Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride)?
Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride) comes in the form of extended release capsules. Never bite, chew or crush extended release capsules. Instead, you should swallow them whole with a glass of water. Ask your physician whether or not it should be taken with food, and what dosage is required. The normal dose is 1 to 2 tablets per day. This drug controls chest pain, but does not stop pain once it has started. It may take up to 2 weeks before you notice the benefits of this drug.
What are the side effects of Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride)?
You may notice some side effects when taking Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride), such as:
Serious side effects which require immediate medical attention include appetite loss, flu symptoms, worsening of angina or mood changes.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Cardizem CD (Diltiazem Hydrochloride). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.