Overview

Cardizem CD belongs to a class of medicines called calcium channel blockers.
Because of their safety and effectiveness, these drugs have helped revolutionize
the treatment of angina and high blood pressure.

Cardizem CD is
prescribed to treat high blood pressure alone or in combination with other blood
pressure pills. It is also helpful for certain forms of angina.

Other
brand names for diltiazem include Cardizem SR, Dilacor XR and Tiazac.

Side Effects and Interactions

Cardizem CD is usually well tolerated with few
side effects, but some people react to this drug with fluid retention, leading
to swelling of the legs, feet or hands.

Headache, dizziness, loss of
strength, slowed heart rate, heart problems or flushing may also occur.

Other side effects include nausea, rash, constipation, increased blood
sugar, sexual difficulties and depression.

The skin may be especially
sensitive to sunburn, and precautions should be taken to avoid ultraviolet
exposure. Report any symptoms or suspected side effects to your physician
promptly.

Cardizem CD can interact with a number of other drugs,
including several that are used to treat high blood pressure or heart
conditions, the anticonvulsant href="http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2000/04/01/carbamazepine/">Tegretol,
the ulcer medicine Tagamet,
lithium and the transplant drug Sandimmune.

The herb href="http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2005/10/18/st-johns-wort/">St. John’s wort might speed elimination of diltiazem from the body, which could
reduce its effectiveness.

Check with your doctor and pharmacist to make
sure Cardizem CD is safe in combination with any other drugs or herbs you
take.

Special Precautions

People with liver or kidney disease should take Cardizem CD under close medical supervision and monitoring.

Some people may feel dizzy if they sit or stand up suddenly. Low blood pressure or a recent heart attack also signal serious problems.

Taking the Medicine

Cardizem CD may be taken with or without meals, once a day.

Do not stop taking Cardizem
CD suddenly, as this could lead to complications. Your doctor will tell you how to taper off
gradually if you no longer need this medication.

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  1. KDelphi
    Reply

    I am on Medicaid, and the pharmacy HAS to give me generics….if unavailable, the dr. has to use something else….Medicaid is horrible. I think people should know that they are not giving good coverage.

  2. Anonymous
    Reply

    I experienced these side effects with Diltiazem (generic) when my generic was changed. I had taken Dil for several years without problems. Although it took me a while to realize the problems with my feet and legs were related to the new RX, I can trace their beginnings to the new generic.
    Despite the FDA claims that generics are comparable to the branded product, they are not. I made it a point to be sure I was getting the same generic each time I filled my RX. Unfortunately, the one I was using was no longer available at my pharmacy. I had to call around only to find that generic is not available locally.
    Too many things factor into the generics we receive, but price is the major factor that determines which generics are stocked. Efficacy and side effects are not.

  3. Bill M.
    Reply

    I recently got Abalation for my SVT fast heart beat, have been off of Dilitiazem for five days and feel so much better. it was affecting my lungs, couldn’t breath very well. I am surprised that I am kind of the lone ranger with my lung problem through taking Dilitiazem. I have stopped it entirely and feel 100 per cent better.
    Are there any others who have had a lung problem while taking ?

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