Tiazac and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Tiazac 120mg and/or Equivalents||Diltiazem T, Sandoz Diltiazem T, Tiazac|
|Tiazac 180mg and/or Equivalents||Act-Diltiazem T, Diltiazem T, Tiazac|
|Tiazac 240mg and/or Equivalents||Diltiazem T, Tiazac|
|Tiazac 300mg and/or Equivalents||Co-Diltiazem T, Diltiazem T, Tiazac|
|Tiazac 360mg and/or Equivalents||Act-Diltiazem T, Diltiazem ER, Diltiazem T, Tiazac|
Tiazac Drug Description
Tiazac belongs to the Diltiazem group of drugs that are better known as CCBs (calcium channel blockers). Actually Tiazac is just one of the brand or trade names of the Diltiazem compound. Diltiazem is the generic name for all forms of CCBs that are manufactured and marketed under different brand names like Cardizem, Viazem, Angiozem, Filazem, and Zandil, and so on. The Tiazac brand of calcium channel blocker is produced by Biovail Laboratories International SRL which is also the registered trademark owner, and Sun Pharmaceuticals also has USFDA approval to manufacture the drug. Tiazac works as an effective vasodilator as it boosts blood circulation and checks hypertension. It is also used for treating angina pectoris, tachycardia, bradycardia, and arrhythmic conditions. The Diltiazem in the Tiazac medication inhibits the action of CYP3A4 enzyme and in turn is metabolized by it. Being a very powerful vasodilator, it dilates the blood vessels in the heart thereby improving blood circulation. It is also instrumental in normalizing the heart rate when it goes down abnormally (bradycardia) and also when it shoots up (tachycardia). Tiazac’s inotropic, chronotropic, and dromotropic properties help in slowing down the circulation and conduction of blood in atria-ventricular node which in turn brings down the consumption of myocardial oxygen. Diltiazem hydrochloride is the main active ingredient in Tiazac and has a powdery and crystalline form. It is off-white to white in colour and tastes bitter. The other components include Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Simethicone, Polysorbate, Povidone, Sucrose Stearate and Magnesium Stearate, Iron Oxide, Ethyl Acrylate, Gelatin and Hypromellose etc. It is available in tablets in immediate release (30, 60, 90, and 120 mg) and extended release ?(both tablets and capsules) types (60, 90,120, 180, 240, 300, 360, and 420 mg). It is also available as injections. The tablets and capsules should be stored in a cool dry place and injections should be stored in a refrigerator.
Conditions treated by Tiazac
Tiazac is particularly prescribed by GPs and chest specialists for the treatment and healing of hypertension, and also for coping with angina pectoris. Lowering the rate of excessive blood pressure helps check heart attacks and strokes, congestive heart failures, and renal problems. It is also known to allay migraine attacks. Tiazac is specifically recommended for different types of arrhythmias including supra-ventricular tachycardia and anginas including stress induced angina, variable angina, and unstable angina (pre-infarctions and infarctions).
Tiazac Dosage Information
a) Typical Dosage recommendations
In the case of hypertensive patients, the dosage has to be worked out and regulated by the method of titration to meet the specific needs of a patient. When used in isolation, the starting dose usually varies from 120-240 mg administered once everyday. Responsiveness to treatment by the drug is taken note of after a patient has been on chronic therapy for 14 days and thereafter, adjustments of dosage is scheduled. Depending on the medical condition of the patient and susceptibility to drug, a maximum dose of 540 mg can be given once daily. For angina patients, the normal starting dose is 120-180 mg given once on a daily basis that can be increased to 540 mg. Titration for restructuring dosage levels can be performed every 1-2 weeks.
b) Missing a dose
You’d need to take Tiazac (immediate or extended release) according to your physician’s recommendations. Take your doses after meals and drink plenty of water after swallowing the tablet. In case you forget to take a dose, take it the moment you remember having missed it and if is almost time to take your next dosage, forego the missed one and carry on with your routine dosing plan. Never double your dose if you miss out on one. If you’ve missed taking more than one dose, you should consult your pharmacist or physician.
If you notice symptoms like slow heart rate, chest-ache, weakness, difficulty in breathing, and feelings of giddiness or dizziness (which are usually associated with overdosing), you should report the development to your doctor immediately.
Before you’re ready to start a course of Tiazac, surely get in touch with your doctor and inform him about any medical condition you have or suffering from including the following:
- Abnormally Hypotensive
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Arrhythmias (specific types)
- Supra-ventricular tachycardia
- Atrial fibrillation
- Renal conditions
- Hepatic or liver functions
- Breast feeding
The efficacy of Tiazac, as far as children are concerned, have not been confirmed or studied. If you’re over 60 years of age, you’re more likely to experience one or more adverse effects of taking this medication compared to those who’re younger.
Tiazac Side effects
Side or adverse effects generally linked to Tiazac can be mild or acute, chronic or temporary. You can take in your stride most of the side effects listed below while some will taper off over time. Get in touch with your doctor or pharmacist if you’re severely affected by the following conditions:
- Dizziness or giddiness
- Acid reflux
- Distended lower legs and ankles
- Pounding and accelerated heartbeats
- Abnormally slow heartbeats
- Skin rashes
- Listlessness or fatigue
- Symptoms of ENT (ear, nose and throat) infections including fevers, chills, sore throats and throat or nasal inflammations
Discontinue with the medication and go for emergency medical intervention if you experience difficulty in breathing, have a rash over a wide body area along with fever, have blisters on the skin, hives or have unusual swelling of the throat and face.
Tiazac Drug interactions
Your Tiazac intake may not respond favourably to treatment and might also interfere with the effectiveness of any other drug you’re taking. Bring to the notice of your doctor if you’re taking any of the following:
- Beta-blockers like atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol, sotalol, timolol, and others
The above listing is not comprehensive and there might be other medicines that you are taking not mentioned above. Depending on your conditions, you doctor might advise you to stop taking a particular medicine or medicines, change their dosage levels or maintain the status quo.
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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.