Cardizem® (diltiazem hydrochloride) is typically used to treat certain types of chest pain (known medically as angina). As a calcium channel blocker, this medication works by relaxing the blood vessels, which makes it easier for the heart to pump blood. This medicine comes in tablet form and is generally taken three or four times daily.
Most people have no problems with this drug; however, prior to taking Cardizem, inform your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have, such as liver disease, kidney disease, or heart disease, and all other medicines you are taking, including nonprescription products and supplements. This will help ensure a safe, effective treatment process.
(Click Cardizem to learn more about this drug, including information on possible side effects, what to do in cases of overdose, and the various forms available.)
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