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Diltiazem

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Uses

Diltiazem is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure, angina (chest pain) and arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat)

How it works

Diltiazem is a calcium channel blocker. It blocks the action of calcium on the heart and blood vessels. This effect reduces blood pressure and abnormally fast heartbeat which lowers strain and oxygen requirement of the heart.

Common side effects

Headache, Nausea, Fatigue, Dizziness, Feeling of discomfort, Dyspepsia, Stomach pain, Peripheral edema, Constipation, Redness of skin, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk)

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Expert advice

  • The drug can cause dizziness or fatigue in the first few days.
  • The drug can cause ankle or foot swelling.
  • The drug can cause gum overgrowth. Speak to a dentist if you get this side effect.
  • Check your blood pressure regularly and speak to your doctor if it has not improved after one week.

Frequently asked questions

Diltiazem

Q.

Is diltiazem a betablocker/ace inhibitor/ statin/ mono amine oxidase inhibitor?
No, diltiazem belongs to class of medication called as calcium channel blockers

Q.

Is diltiazem and Cardizem same?
Yes, diltiazem is generic name and cardiazem is brand name

Q.

Is diltiazem a generic drug?
Yes, diltiazem is the generic name of the drug

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Is diltiazem narcotic?
No, however, always follow doctor's advice regarding its use

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Does diltiazem cause headache/nausea/diahhrea/bruising/reflex tachycardia/slow heart rate/sleepiness?
Diltiazem can cause headache/nausea/diahhrea. Always consult your doctor regarding its side effects

Q.

Can I take diltiazem with ibuprofen/Xanan/metoprolol/ Tylenol/Viagra/Advil (ibuprofen)?
No observed drug interaction occurs with these drugs. Always follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.


Content on this page was last updated on 23 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)