Cardizem CD and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Cardizem CD 120mg and/or Equivalents||Act-Diltiazem CD, Apo-Diltiaz CD, Cardizem CD, Diltiazem CD|
|Cardizem CD 180mg and/or Equivalents||Cardizem CD, Diltiazem CD, Sdz-Diltiazem CD|
|Cardizem CD 240mg and/or Equivalents||Apo-Diltiazem CD, Cardizem CD, Diltiazem CD, Sandoz Diltiazem CD|
|Cardizem CD 300mg and/or Equivalents||Apo-Diltiazem CD, Cardizem CD, Diltiazem CD, Sandoz Diltiazem CD, Tildiem LA|
|Cardizem CD 360mg and/or Equivalents||Cardizem CD|
Cardizem CD (diltiazem CD)
Cardizem CD Description
Cardizem CD is a medicine, which is meant for patients diagnosed with symptoms of high blood pressure and angina (pain in the chest). The family of drugs to which Cardizem CD belongs is called calcium channel blockers. The drug works by slowing the heart rate and the heart’s electrical conduction. It helps to relax the muscles of the heart, blood vessels around it and reduces the workload of the heart. The drug also helps to treat other problems of the heart like irregular heart rhythms.
The medicine is mostly used in syringes and is injected into the body by doctors. It is also available in the form of capsules and is usually blue and turquoise in color. The drug should be stored at room temperature, between 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C). Make sure that the drug is not stored in bathroom. The drug should be kept away from moisture and heat and should be kept out of reach from children and pets.
Conditions treated by Cardizem CD
Cardizem CD is used to treat the following symptoms:
- Supraventricular tachycardia- A disturbance in the rhythm of the heart
- Used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Treats symptoms of angina (chest pain)
- Helps to control the heart rate to help control other disturbances in the heart.
Cardizem CD Dosage information
a.) Typical Dosage Recommendations
Doctors usually recommend a dose of 30 mg to up to 360 mg of Cardizem CD. However, this depends on the level of seriousness of the heart disease. The doctor will conduct medical tests in order to determine the right level of dose that is required. The medicine is usually administered in the liquid form and is injected into the body by a doctor. If you are taking this medicine at home, make sure you are taking the right dose of medicine and a professional medical practitioner is injecting it into your body.
If you are taking the capsule form of the medicine, make sure you take the medicine with enough water. Do not crush or chew the tablet, take it as a whole. The medicine is designed in such a way that it slowly dissolves in the body after it has been taken. If the medicine is broken before it has been consumed, it may result in overdosing, which may have dangerous results.
b.) Missing a Dose
If you have missed a dose of this medicine, make sure you take the missed dose as soon as you remember about it. However, if it almost time for the next dose of Cardizem CD, then wait for the next dose and skip the missed dose of the medicine. There should be a minimum of two hours of time gap between two doses if the medicine. If two doses of medicine is taken very close to each other, it may result in overdosing which may prove harmful.
Harmful effects can arise if there has been a case of overdoing. Make sure that you report to the nearest emergency room or a poison control room as soon as there are symptoms of overdoing in patients taking this drug. Symptoms of overdoing can include drowsiness, dizziness, difficulty in breathing (especially if you are lying down), confusion, nausea, slow heart rate, loss of consciousness and slurred speech. Consult your doctor in case you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.
Cardizem CD Warnings
Since this medicine is used to control the functioning of the heart, the use of this medicine should be done with caution. If you experience any adverse effect after taking this medicine, do not stop taking the medicine without consulting your doctor. Take this medicine only if the doctor has prescribed this drug to you, do not share this medicine with anyone else even if they share the same symptoms as you. Make sure you have discussed your medical history in complete details with your doctor. It is important for the doctor to know what types of medicines you are already having, even if they are herbal supplements or over the counter drugs. Also, make sure that you tell your doctor if you are allergic to any substance or drugs. Here are some of the things to be kept in mind while taking this medicine:
- Do not take the medicine in case you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or if you are a lactating mother. The chemicals used in the drug are harmful for infants and can easily pass on to breast milk
- Do not take the medicine if you have severe heart problems- extremely low blood pressure, if you are survivor of a heart attack, if you have a “sick sinus syndrome” or “AV block” or if you suffer from severe weak pumping action of the heart
- This drug is not suitable for children and people aged beyond 65 years of age. However, even if the doctor has prescribed this medicine to a senior citizen, it should be administered with utmost caution
- If you suffer from diseases in your liver or kidney, this medicine is not suitable for you
- Inform your doctor that you take Cardizem CD before undergoing any surgery, emergency care or if you visiting the dentist.
Cardizem CD Side Effects
Cardizem CD is known to cause side effects. Some of them are discussed below. Among aged people, this medicine may cause:
- swelling up of feet
- slowing up of heartbeat
Minor side effects:
- flushing in the face
Severe side effects
- Allergic reactions
- skin changes (reddening, blistering or swelling)
- irregular heartbeat
- liver problems (yellowing of skin or eyes, pale stools, darkish urine)
- sudden weight gain
- changes in personality
Possible Drug Interactions with Cardizem CD
Inform you doctor about all the medicines you are having since Cardizem CD can interact with the following drugs:
- HIV protease inhibitors
- Tegretol (carbamazepine)
- vasopressin antagonists
- rifamycins or moricizine
- beta-adrenergic blocking agents
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.