Diltiazem HCL General Information
Diltiazem (brand names: Altiazem / Cardizem / Tiamate / Tildiem / Adizem / Viazem / Dilatam / Dilzem / Zandil / Zemtrial / Diltelan / Tiazac) is a calcium channel blocker.
Diltiazem is used for the treatment of:
High blood pressure
Chronic stable angina (chest pain)
Diltiazem may be used alone or in combination with other medicines.
Diltiazem works by relaxing and opening up the blood vessels. This allows blood to circulate more freely around the body, lowering blood pressure and allowing the heart to work more efficiently.
Calcium channel blockers do not change the amount of calcium in your blood or bones.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How to Use Diltiazem HCL
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Diltiazem exactly as directed.
Diltiazem should be taken with a full glass of water. The tablets should be taken whole and not chewed.
Your doctor will decide what dose of, and for how long you should take Diltiazem. This depends on your medical condition and other factors, such as your weight.
Do not stop taking Diltiazem or lower the dosage without checking with your doctor. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount of Diltiazem you are using before stopping completely.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember and then go back to taking it as you would normally. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when it is due. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
Store Diltiazem in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Diltiazem HCL Precautions
Before taking Diltiazem, tell your doctor if:
you are allergic to any medicines;
you have heart, liver or kidney problems, or diabetes;
you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Active ingredient: diltiazem.