- Are Cardizem and Lopressor the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Cardizem?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Lopressor?
- What Is Cardizem?
- What Is Lopressor?
- What Drugs Interact with Cardizem?
- What Drugs Interact with Lopressor?
- How Should Cardizem Be Taken?
- How Should Lopressor Be Taken?
Are Cardizem and Lopressor the Same Thing?
Cardizem may help to increase your ability to exercise and decrease how often you may get angina attacks.
Cardizem and Lopressor belong to different drug classes. Cardizem is a calcium channel blocker and Lopressor is a beta-blocker.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Cardizem?
Common side effects of Cardizem include:
- tired feeling,
- upset stomach,
- flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling),
- sore throat,
- stuffy nose, and
Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Cardizem including:
- slow/irregular/pounding/fast heartbeat,
- swelling of ankles or feet,
- shortness of breath,
- unusual tiredness,
- unexplained or sudden weight gain,
- mental/mood changes (such as depression, agitation), or
- unusual dreams.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Lopressor?
Common side effects of Lopressor include:
- dry mouth,
- decreased sex drive, impotence,
- difficulty having an orgasm,
- sleep problems (insomnia),
- nervousness, and
Serious side effects of Lopressor include
- shortness of breath,
- swelling, or
- irregular rapid heartbeats.
What Is Cardizem?
Cardizem (diltiazem hydrochloride) is a calcium channel blocker used to prevent chest pain (angina). Cardizem may help to increase your ability to exercise and decrease how often you may get angina attacks.
What Is Lopressor?
What Drugs Interact With Cardizem?
Cardizem may interact with amiodarone, digoxin, atazanavir, cimetidine, quinidine, St. John's wort, azole antifungals, macrolide antibiotics, rifamycins, buspirone, cyclosporine, sirolimus, statins, anti-seizure drugs, benzodiazepines, caffeine, pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, or other drugs that can raise heart rate. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.
What Drugs Interact With Lopressor?
Lopressor may also interact with clonidine, digoxin, ritonavir, terbinafine, diuretics (water pills), cold medicines, stimulant medicines, diet pills, anti-malaria medications, or medicines for asthma or other breathing disorders.
How Should Cardizem Be Taken?
Dosage of Cardizem is individually adjusted. Starting with 30 mg four times daily, before meals and at bedtime, dosage is increased gradually (given in divided doses three or four times daily) at 1- to 2-day intervals until optimum response is obtained. The average optimum dosage range is 180 to 360 mg/day.
How Should Lopressor Be Taken?
Lopressor USP is available as 50 and 100 mg strength tablets for oral administration and as (metoprolol tartrate) Injection, USP in 5 mg strength, in 5 ml ampoules for IV administration. Usual oral dosage is 100 mg per day in single or divided doses; IV begins with a 5 mg injection.
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