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Cardizem

CARDIZEM®
(diltiazem hydrochloride) Direct Compression Tablets

Cardizem

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Cardizem® (diltiazem hydrochloride) is a calcium ion cellular influx inhibitor (slow channel blocker or calcium antagonist). Chemically, diltiazem hydrochloride is 1,5-Benzothiazepin-4(5H)-one, 3(acetyloxy)-5-[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl]-2,3-dihydro-2-(4-methoxyphenyl)-, monohydrochloride,(+)-cis-. The chemical structure is:

CARDIZEM®</b><br />
  (diltiazem hydrochloride) Structural Formula Illustration

Diltiazem hydrochloride is a white to off-white crystalline powder with a bitter taste. It is soluble in water, methanol, and chloroform. It has a molecular weight of 450.98. Each tablet of Cardizem contains 30 mg, 60 mg, 90 mg, or 120 mg diltiazem hydrochloride.

Also contains: colloidal silicon dioxide, D&C Yellow #10 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue #1 Aluminum Lake (30 mg and 90 mg), FD&C Yellow #6 Aluminum Lake (60 mg and 120 mg), hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, lactose, magnesium stearate, methylparaben, microcrystalline cellulose, and polyethylene glycol.

For oral administration.

What are the possible side effects of diltiazem?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • a red, blistering skin rash;
  • swelling in your hands or feet;
  • trouble breathing;
  • slow heartbeats;
  • dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeat;
  • upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore...

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What are the precautions when taking diltiazem hydrochloride (Cardizem)?

Before taking diltiazem, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: certain types of heart rhythm problems (such as sick sinus syndrome/atrioventricular block unless you have a pacemaker).

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, heart failure.

This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 1/5/2011
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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