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Cardizem Side Effects
I have an afib and i'm looking for a medicine with less side effects & stress. So far i have 2 choices the carvidilol and cardizem. Which is better?
Depends: Cardizem is a good rate controling agent and usually a fairly mild BP medication. Unfortunately untill you try it wont really know. Would start at low dose and work up to higher doses as tolerated. If you feel light headed or dizzy on the medication stop it and notify your doctor so they can make a change. ...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
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
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
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