Cardizem belongs to a group of medications that have been labelled as calcium antagonists. Cardizem is largely composed of diltiazem hydrochloride. It is available in amounts of 30mg, 60mg, 90mg, and 120mg.
How it works
As a calcium antagonist, Cardizem is responsible for limiting the amount of calcium entering the blood vessels and heart. As a result of this action, the muscles present in the blood vessels are slackened. This causes there to be a greater amount of space for the blood to pass through. The widening of the vessels means that the heart can reduce the force with which it pumps the blood. Then, the blood pressure can be lowered.
Cardizem is largely used to treat hypertension in afflicted individuals. It can also aid in patients who have angina due to different conditions.
In order to be given Cardizem, you must first be checked over by a medical expert. If the specialist determines that Cardizem will prove to be effective, they will inform you of the amount that you should take. This is carefully calculated according to the medical condition as well as the patient’s physical condition.
Therefore, you should not change the amount of Cardizem that you are taking for any reason. If you have any concerns or doubts, these should be first discussed with a clinician before any action is taken.
With most cases, individuals are first given Cardizem in quantities of 30mg, given four times a day. It is typically taken before meals and before going to sleep.
It has been found that the greatest level of efficacy with Cardizem can be observed at amounts between 180mg and 360mg a day.
Depending on personal reactions, there may be certain adverse reactions that manifest during the course of treatment with Cardizem. These may or may not include:
Symptoms associated with the common cold
Swollen glands in the neck
Difficulties with swallowing
Changes in voice
Excessive acid in the stomach
Changes in bowel movements
Issues with breathing
Flushing of the skin
If any of these issues continue to be exhibited or if they increase in severity, you should get medical assistance immediately.
Cardizem could prove to be quite harmful if you have:
Severe heart conditions
Recent heart attack or accumulation of fluid in lungs
A hypersensitivity to one or more of the ingredients in Cardizem
Dangerously low blood pressure
If the following instances apply to you, you should make sure to tell a medical specialist.
Diagnosed with either liver disease or kidney disease
Have been prescribed digoxin or a beta blocker
Substances to avoid while taking Cardizem include but are not limited to:
Grapefruit or grapefruit juice
St. John’s Wort
If you experience any dizziness or lightheadedness while taking Cardizem, you should avoid or limit activities involving concentration or coordination.
There have been no studies conducted to determine whether or not Cardizem can cause harm to a fetus. Therefore, you should speak to your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant.
This medication can be passed through breast milk and therefore, you should avoid breastfeeding during treatment.