Diltiazem HCI (Generic)

Diltiazem HCI (Generic)

Diltiazem HCl is a calcium channel blocker that works to treat cases of angina, hypertension and certain cases of arrhythmia. Diltiazem HCl relaxes the muscles around the heart and blood vessels to allow for easier transmission of blood, and reduce the effects of high blood pressure and chest pain. Diltiazem HCl offers highly effective treatment of hypertension, and is one of the top prescribed medications by doctors.

Diltiazem HCl may also be marketed as:
Diltiazem, Tiazac, Cardizem

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Diltiazem HCl is a calcium channel blocker that works to treat cases of angina, hypertension and certain cases of arrhythmia. A calcium channel blocker, Diltiazem HCl stops calcium from entering muscle cells, relaxing these muscles and allowing the heart's arties to widen as a result. Calcium channel blockers narrow the arteries and help the heart pump blood more effectively. Diltiazem HCl may also be used to reduce blood pressure. Consult your doctor before taking this medication for either above mentioned conditions, or alternative uses.

Take Diltiazem HCl exactly as advised by your doctor. Contact your doctor for the precise instructions that apply to you. Dosage of this medication may change during treatment depending on the severity of your condition and the progression of your illness.

Monitor your blood pressure frequently while taking this medication. Many patients are advised to schedule doctor's visits while taking Diltiazem HCl to monitor the effectiveness of this treatment.

Inform your doctor and surgeon that you are taking Diltiazem HCl before you go in for any surgical procedure or medical test. Do not stop taking this medication without first speaking to your doctor, as suddenly halting treatment may worsen your condition. For best results, use Diltiazem HCl as part of a healthy diet and exercise plan.

Always read the ingredients before taking this or any other medication to ensure that there are no elements that may elicit an allergic reaction. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following side-effects associated with an allergic reaction: hives, shortness of breath, swelling of the lips, tongue, throat or face.

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following serious side effects:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Change in heart rate (slower or faster than usual)
  • Fainting spells or a dizzy feeling
  • Stomach pains
  • Loss of appetite
  • Skin rash or itchiness
  • Blisters or peeling skin
  • Flu like symptoms (fever, chills, sore throat)
  • Facial swelling or swelling in the tongue
  • Irritation or burning of the eyes
  • Inflammation or swelling in the hands or feet
  • Dark or discolored urine or stool
  • Jaundice

Less serious side effects associated with Diltiazem HCI include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Dizzy feeling
  • Congestion, coughing or sore throat
  • Facial flushing

Additional side-effects may result from taking this medication. Consult a medical profession before taking this or any other medication.

Always read the ingredients before taking this or any other medication to ensure that there are no elements that may elicit an allergic reaction.

Do not use Diltiazem HCI if you have been diagnosed with the following medical conditions:

  • Low blood pressure
  • AV block
  • Sick sinus syndrome
  • Heart attack

Diltiazem HCI may delay your reaction time and comprehension.

Before taking Diltiazem HCI, consult your doctor if you have a history of any of the following medical conditions:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver problems

Consult your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or plan on becoming pregnant before taking this medication.

Always read the ingredients before taking this or any other medication to ensure that there are no elements that may elicit an allergic reaction.

Contact your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications before adding Diltiazem HCI to your treatment plan:

  • digoxin
  • anti-seizure medications
  • birth control medications (pills, patch, or ring)
  • rifampin
  • lovastatin
  • triazolam
  • buspirone
  • simvastatin
  • atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • diazepam
  • midazolam
  • carbamazepine

Always inform your doctor of any medications you are taking (including vitamins, herbal supplements, and over the counter medications) before embarking on a new treatment. Additional medications not listen here may interact negatively with your medication.

Do not take more than your recommended dosage. Take missed doses as soon as you remember unless it is nearly time for your next treatment.

If Diltiazem HCI is in a capsule, tablet or powder for injection, stored at room temperature, 15-30 C (59-86 F). Store solutions for injection between  2-8 C (36-46 F).