CALCIUM CHANNEL BLOCKER
Cardizem is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hypertension, chronic stable angina, and angina due to coronary artery spasm. Cardizem is sometimes prescribed to treat cases of pulmonary hypertension, especially idiopathic pulmonary hypertension. Cardizem may be referred to by its drug name, diltiazem.
Cardizem is a calcium channel blocker. Calcium channel blockers are believed to work by dilating the arteries and decreasing the force with which the heart pumps.
How do I take it?
Cardizem is generally taken three or four times a day.
Cardizem comes in tablet form.
The FDA-approved label for Cardizem lists common side effects including headache, dizziness, fatigue, rash, itching, tingling sensation under the skin, nausea, and constipation.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Cardizem include congestive heart failure, liver damage, low blood pressure, and bradycardia (slowed heartbeat).
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Cardizem — RxList
Calcium channel blockers — Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK