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Cardizem LA is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). It contains active ingredient called diltiazem hydrochloride, which belongs to a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It works by relaxing blood vessels and improving blood flow, which can help decrease blood pressure and reduce the workload on the heart.
Cardizem LA can be used alone or in combination with other high blood pressure medications. Cardizem LA should only be taken as directed by a healthcare provider and may have potential side effects as well.
Use and Dosage
Cardizem LA is an oral medication that comes in the form of tablets. These tablets should be taken by mouth with or without food, usually once daily at the same time or as directed by your doctor. Do not crush or chew the tablets, instead, swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing.
Your doctor may gradually increase your dose of Cardizem LA, and the dosage will depend on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use, including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products.
Use Cardizem LA regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. Keep taking the tablet even if you feel well, as most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick. For the treatment of high blood pressure, it may take up to 2 weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug.
Cardizem LA must be taken regularly to prevent angina. It should not be used to treat angina when it occurs. Instead, other medications such as nitroglycerin placed under the tongue, should be used to relieve angina attacks as directed by your doctor. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information about managing angina attacks.
Common Side Effects of Cardizem LA (Diltiazem HCL):
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Stomach upset
- Swelling in arms or legs
Serious Side Effects of Cardizem LA (Diltiazem HCL):
- AV block
- Eye inflammation
- Infection or flu-like symptoms
- Low energy
- Muscle aches
- Palpitations (racing heart)
- Stomach bloating
Forms and Strength
Cardizem LA (Diltiazem HCL) is available in the following forms and strength:
Cardizem LA: Tablet
- 120 mg
- You should not take Cardizem LA if you have certain heart conditions or low blood pressure.
- Cardizem LA can interact with other medications, including blood thinners and statins, tell your healthcare provider about all the medications you are taking before starting Cardizem LA.
- Cardizem LA can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting, which can be worsened by alcohol and heat exposure. You should avoid activities that require alertness, such as driving and operating machinery, until you know how Cardizem LA affects you.
- Cardizem LA can cause constipation, which can be severe in some cases. You should talk to your healthcare provider if you experience constipation while taking Cardizem LA.
- Cardizem LA is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. You should talk to your healthcare provider before taking Cardizem LA if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
- Cardizem LA can cause a slow heartbeat or irregular heartbeat in some people. You should contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, or chest pain while taking Cardizem LA.
- Cardizem LA may cause liver problems in some people. You should talk to your healthcare provider if you experience symptoms such as yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, or abdominal pain while taking Cardizem LA.
- Cardizem LA may worsen symptoms of heart failure in some people. You should talk to your healthcare provider if your heart failure symptoms worsen while taking Cardizem LA.
- Cardizem LA may pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. You should talk to your healthcare provider about the potential risks before taking Cardizem LA if you are breastfeeding.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What should I do if I miss a dose of Cardizem LA?
If you miss a dose of Cardizem LA, you should take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
Can Cardizem LA be taken with food?
Yes, Cardizem LA can be taken with or without food. However, you should always follow the instructions of your doctor or healthcare provider.
Is Cardizem LA safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women to take?
Cardizem LA is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should talk to their doctor or healthcare provider before taking Cardizem LA.
Can Cardizem LA be used to treat other conditions besides high blood pressure and chest pain?
Cardizem LA is not approved for the treatment of any other conditions besides high blood pressure and chest pain (angina).
How long does it take for Cardizem LA to start working?
The time it takes for Cardizem LA to start working can vary depending on the individual and the condition being treated. Your doctor or healthcare provider can provide more information about expected timetables for treatment.
It's important to purchase Cardizem LA from verified Canadian pharmacy.