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Cardizem Cd Medication
Decongestants: Be careful of taking decongestants - either nasally or orally- if taking meds to lower your blood pressure. These decongestants can cause your blood pressure to go up or increase. Drinking lots of fluids, hot steam inhalation and using saline nasal sprays are all appropriate. ...Read more
Should be the same: Both Cartia XT & Cardizem are diltiazem, a calcium channel blocker. These drugs relax your heart muscle & coronary arteries. Cartia XT is a longer acting/sustained release preparation. Often this is prescribed in order to simplify your drug taking regimen, having to take Cartia XT only once a day. But ? more expensive. It probably is a choice between convenience & cost:) ...Read more
78 y/o mother had TIA while prescribed Cardizem. BP still 220/125. Cholesterol was 262 untreated. Was cholesterol the cause? why didn't BP drug work?
Risk factors: The elevation of cholesterol is not directly the cause of the TIA, as a different lipid, triglycerides, is more closely related to cerebrovascular disease. However, the blood pressure is a risk factor for cerebral hemorrhage and must be better controlled. There are multiple medications which help, so, have an internist address this looming problem ASAP!!! ?Start an anti platelet agent? ...Read more
My doc prescribed cardizem for my heart palpitations, high blood pressure and rapid heart rate. Should i be concerned with this drugs side effects ?
Diltiazem: Diltiazem side effects are usually very mild. It sounds like its a good choice for you. ...Read more
I take cardizem cd 120mg and vytoryn 10/20 -it comes up as major interaction-should i notify my dr's about this.They are prescribed by 2 different drs?
Yes, notify: In general, any doctor prescribing for you needs to know all other medications that you are taking. Cardizem (diltiazem) can increase the level of Simvastatin in your blood (one of the components of vytorin). However, you are on a very small dose of the Simvastatin so the chance of a significant problem is extremely low. Blood tests of liver function would pick up a problem. ...Read more
Yes: They are the same! (it's a shame they make the names so confusing!). Both are diltiazem (the active ingredient) in an extended release formulation that lasts 24 hours. How they came up with "CD" is anybody's guess. ...Read more
Cardizem: "CARDIZEM is contraindicated in (1) patients with sick sinus syndrome except in the presence of a functioning ventricular pacemaker, (2) patients with second- or third-degree AV block except in the presence of a functioning ventricular pacemaker, (3) patients with hypotension (less than 90 mm Hg systolic), (4) patients who have demonstrated hypersensitivity to the drug, and (5) patients with acute ...Read more
Haven't took my cardizem about a week due tolack of funds, but will have funds tomorrow, what are somethings I should be aaware of?
Alternatives!: Unlikely to have any problem with resuming the dose which you were previously taking although watch out for possible dizziness or light-headedness. With this drug, however, funds should not be a problem. At Target, for example, you can get 90 of the 120mg tablets for only $10. There are also other even cheaper drugs for hypertension which might serve as alternatives. Ask your doctor. ...Read more
Diltiazem: read this Diltiazem (Oral Route) - Drugs and Supplements - Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/diltiazem-oral.../drg-20071775 US Brand Name. Cardizem; Cardizem CD; Cardizem LA; Cartia XT; Dilacor XR; Dilt-CD; Diltia XT; Dilt-XR; Diltzac; Matzim LA; Taztia XT; Tiazac ... ...Read more
Long acting: They're both long acting meds - as long as you take them each once a day at around the same time each day, it should work for you. ...Read more
Three days: Roughly 3 days from starting therapy when you will see close to peak effect. Sometimes even as short as 24 to 48 hours though. ...Read more
If I miss my morning dose of Cardizem-120 mg in the morning what is the latest I can take it before waiting til the next day?
Depends on you: Can't speak for you individually, but understand: 120 mg is a very small dose. Many people take 240 mg twice a day and tolerate it well. So, it's possible that you could take it anytime you remember it and be okay, but it depends on your specifics so it's always best to run it by the prescriber who knows you. ...Read more
Depends upon: Multiple factors and the functionality of the system in the liver that can cause Cardizem cd to raise the blood level. Since this is so variable, the only way to know would be for you to do your own test by having a blood level of Klonopin (clonazepam) drawn before the Cardizem is started and then waiting several weeks and rechecking the Klonopin (clonazepam) level for the change. Exact data appear to be unavailable. ...Read more