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Doctor insights on: Stopping Diltiazem

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My DILTIAZEM worked for 11months to relieve unexplained cardiac symptoms. After stopping and starting them again no effect. Why? Should I continue?

My DILTIAZEM worked for 11months to relieve unexplained cardiac symptoms. After stopping and starting them again no effect. Why? Should I continue?

Drug of choice: Perhaps Diltiazem is not the drug of choice -- what is going on with you? Have you discussed this with your doctor or the cardiologist? ...Read more

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What happens if you stop diltiazem suddenly in a heart patient?

What happens if you stop diltiazem suddenly in a heart patient?

Stop diltiazem: Not a good idea, you should discuss stopping any med with your physician so that she, or he, can explain the risks and benefits of doing this. Some meds need to be weaned off and should not be stopped abruptly. ...Read more

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After an episode of AF stopped by cardioversion, she has been given diltiazem. Will it stop further episodes of AF? Is it safe to take with irbesartan

After an episode of AF stopped by cardioversion, she has been given diltiazem. Will it stop further episodes of AF? Is it safe to take with irbesartan

Atrial fibrillation: 3 main strategies for AF: 1) medicines like diltiazem or beta blockers to control the heart rate from going fast in AF. These drugs do not prevent AF; they are generally safe but can lower BP and so may need to adjust other pills. 2) antiarrhythmic drugs (such as amiodarone, flecainide, dofetilide, and others) to prevent AF. 3) an ablation procedure to attempt to prevent AF ...Read more

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Now I've started taking Diltiazem Tildiem again, how long will it take for the ankle/leg swelling to go? Anything I can do to stop it/help it?

Now I've started taking Diltiazem Tildiem again, how long will it take for the ankle/leg swelling to go? Anything I can do to stop it/help it?

Again?: You say "again". Did you take it before. Why was it stopped? Did it help the swelling before (the tildiem (HCTZ) is a mild diuretic.) Keep your legs elevated as much as possible and avoid salt as best you can to accelerate recovery. If it doesn't work, you may need a stronger med. ...Read more

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What can be taken in place of diltiazem?

What can be taken in place of diltiazem?

Diltiazem: Diltiazem is a calcium channel blocker, we have many to choose from. Discuss this with your doctor, I'm sure your dr. Is quite familiar with what is available. ...Read more

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What if any is the difference between Diltiazem we and Diltiazem cd?

Pharmacokinetics: CArdizem CD basically is long acting. Typically this form is to be taken once/day as it is supposed to give you coverage for 24 hours. The other one, by "we" I think you mean short-acting Cardizem (typically comes in 30 mg and 60 mg tablets), is short-acting, and faster acting, but out of systems usually within 6 hrs, so in some cases can be give three or 4 times/day. Active ingredient same. ...Read more

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What does the "cd" in "diltiazem cd" stand for? What does this drug do?

What does the "cd" in "diltiazem cd" stand for? What does this drug do?

Controlled Delivery: Diltiazem is available in many different forms and has several brand and generic names. The “CD” following diltiazem stands for Controlled Delivery, which has an extended duration of action. For example, Diltiazem CD only needs to be taken once a day, while other formulations may need to be taken twice daily.
Diltiazem can be used to treat high blood pressure and abnormal heart rates and rhythms ...Read more

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Does diltiazem cause erectical dysfunction? If does what is the alternative for that?

Does diltiazem cause erectical dysfunction? If does what is the alternative for that?

It can.: Any medication can have side effects. Impotence being one of them. Depending on what you are taking the Diltiazem for there may be many alternative medications see your doctor for advice. ...Read more

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How long does it takes for ones body to get used to the effects of diltiazem 120mg extended release? I have to take it once a day in the morning.

How long does it takes for ones body to get used to the effects of diltiazem 120mg extended release? I have to take it once a day in the morning.

Diltiazem: Diltiazem, a nonhydropyridine calcium channel blocker, is used to treat blood pressure and certain supraventricular cardiac arrhythmias. It is well tolerated and very infrequently has to be discontinued due to excessive lowering of blood pressure or severe slowing of the heart rate. Any other side effects are unusual and I'm confident you'll not feel differently taking it. Your dose is low. ...Read more

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Can diltiazem increase my a fibs?

Can diltiazem increase my a fibs?

No: Either you have atrial fibrillation or you don't. You can't "increase" it. However, your heart rate may speed up or slow down dramatically w/o any reason. Diltiazem, a non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, keeps your heart from beating too fast, same as beta blockers. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take diltiazem with cialis?

Is it okay to take diltiazem with cialis?

Cialis and diltiazem: The answer to your question is "yes". The only medication you cannot take with Cialis is nitroglycerin, as it causes low BP when it is taken with cialis. ...Read more

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Could you take diltiazem and taztia xt together?

Could you take diltiazem and taztia xt together?

Why?: They're the same drug. Why would you want to do that? Would you take St. Joseph's Aspirin and Bayer (aspirin) Aspirin together? ...Read more

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What are the most common side effects to diltiazem?

What are the most common side effects to diltiazem?

Several.: It lowers bp, but lowers heart rate. It can constipate. It is used for arrythymias, bp, migraine prophylaxis, and other things. I think the most bothersome for patients is constipation, especially those with this problem already. ...Read more

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Are there any interactions between Petadolex and Diltiazem?

Are there any interactions between Petadolex and Diltiazem?

Unlikely: Petadolex is purified butterbur, and is not likely to cause problems with metabolism of a calcium channel blocker in most patients. Am unaware of any issues secondary to this combination, unless there is a rare cytochrome mutation which would affect metabolism in the liver, well under 5% of all patients. So, do not worry. ...Read more

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What if any is the difference between Diltiazem ER and Diltiazem CD?

Generic vs brand: There's no difference in the drug but the delivery may differ. The CD is always a 24 hour preparation. The ER version may be either 12 hour or 24 hour, so you must read your label or check with your pharmacist. The 12 hour versions are generally smaller mg doses (60, 90, or 120 mg) while the 24 hour is usually 120 mg or higher. ...Read more

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I have been on diltiazem ER 180 mg for 35 days and no longer wish to take how do I discontinue?

I have been on diltiazem ER 180 mg for 35 days and no longer wish to take how do I discontinue?

Consult MD!: First of all, I would like to know why you were asked to start on Diltiazem er. Before stopping it you need to consult your md, otherwise you could recur the same condition ...Read more

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Does Diltiazem often cause Steven johnsons syndrome? What's the occurance rate of SJS from taking this medication?

Does Diltiazem often cause Steven johnsons syndrome? What's the occurance rate of SJS from taking this medication?

SJS: SJS is a severe allergic reaction and can occur following the use of virtually any medication. I don't know the exact incidence with diltiazem but I do know it's exceptionally rare. I prescribe the medication frequently and in >30 years as a cardiologist, I've never seen a case. ...Read more

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How many diltiazem 180mg pills are fatal? What are the symptoms of overdose? How long van you survive without medical attention?

How many diltiazem 180mg pills are fatal? What are the symptoms of overdose? How long van you survive without medical attention?

Unknown: The toxic dose in man is not known. Due to extensive metabolism, blood levels after a standard dose of Diltiazem can vary over tenfold. There have been 29 reports of Diltiazem overdose in doses ranging from less than 1 g to 18 g. Sixteen of these reports involved multiple drug ingestion. 22 people recovered with doses up to 10 g. If you're considering it, please seek help. This isn't a good idea. ...Read more

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- How can I read my 24hr HOLTER test results? - Can the HOLTER results be accurate while I'm taking 60 mg of diltiazem 3 times a day?

- How can I read my 24hr HOLTER test results? - Can the HOLTER results be accurate while I'm taking 60 mg of diltiazem 3 times a day?

Not easy 2 read repo: The Holter tracing is complex, & wd be difficult for a lay person 2 read. The Cardiologist who ordered the test shd either issue a report or get a report from whomever is interpreting the tracings. The Holter only monitors the heart rhythm- it's used 4 diagnosis or chking meds. If it is meant for Dx, then any treatment is a confounder; however, it can show if the treatment (diltiazem) is working. ...Read more

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Can I consume alcohol while taking diltiazem?

Can I consume alcohol while taking diltiazem?

Alcohol & meds/drugs: It is strongly recommended that you not drink alcohol with adizem (diltiazem, a calcium-channel blocker). Alcohol affects how fast the medication is released from the capsule, according the prescribing information. Given that you are taking this for cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure or heart health reasons), it would make sense not to put yourself in danger because you consumed alcohol. ...Read more

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Can I take diltiazem ands metropolol together?

Can I take diltiazem ands metropolol together?

Bb and ca blockers: You can but it may cause decrease in heart rate. Personally I only combine them in some occasions such as uncontrolled heart rate with atrial fib. For svt and you being quite young likely having a high sympathetic tone with high elevations of heart rate your doctor had to end up giving combo pills. The alternatives are not many but ablation may be an option. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the drug cartia xt (diltiazem) used for?

Blood pressure: It is long acting medication used for BP control. Also used for heart rate control. ...Read more