- Isosorbide Dinitrate
- Isosorbide Mononitrate
- Perindopril Erbumine
What does Diltiazem treat?
Diltiazem is a medication prescribed to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), angina (chest pain), and certain heart rhythm disorders. This is a calcium channel blocker that acts by relaxing the blood vessels both in the body and heart, and this slows down the heart rate. It also helps in bringing down B.P. This lets the blood flow freely. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Diltiazem dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. Take this medication with food. Avoid taking alcohol while taking this drug. Do not drive, use machinery, or perform activities that call for alertness while on this drug.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms that you may encounter include shortness of breath, slow heartbeat, light-headedness and fainting.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Diltiazem is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Diltiazem.
It may interact with:
It may also interact with antibiotics, antifungal medications, sedatives and HIV/AIDS medicines. These are the only ones who interact.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. Do inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant during treatment or are breast-feeding. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Diltiazem might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could be nausea, weakness, drowsiness, dizziness, flushing and headache. Serious side effects are rare but you could encounter slow heartbeats, shortness of breath, red skin rash, dark urine, clay-colored stools, severe stomach pain, rapid weight gain and yellowing of the skin or eyes. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Diltiazem
- Can I take Diltiazem along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Diltiazem?
- What is the dosage of Diltiazem to be consumed?
- How should I use Diltiazem?
- How will Diltiazem work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Diltiazem be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Diltiazem is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.