Cartia XT Uses
Cartia XT is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It helps slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and into the blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the vessels, which allows better blood flow and helps to lower blood pressure. This also makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
There are two basic types of calcium channel blockers: dihydropyridine and non-dihydropyridine. The most important difference between the two is that non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers can slow down the heart rate, while dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers do not. Cartia XT is a non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, which means that it can decrease the heart rate, which makes it useful for certain types of irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
Cartia XT has not been adequately studied in children and is not approved for their use. Be sure to talk to your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Cartia XT for treating something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label uses of Cartia XT include treating the following conditions: