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Diltiazem MR is a calcium channel blocker, used to help manage hypertension and angina, as well as some off-label uses.
This product is better known by the brand name Cardizem, though it is available under several other brand names and numerous other generic names.
The MR in Diltiazem MR stands for modified release, meaning the medication is absorbed slower than regular-acting tablets. Other Diltiazem products are even more delayed. For comparison purposes:
While there are exceptions, most patients are started on lower doses of regular-acting tablets until an effective dose is found and patient tolerance to side effects are established. Once these are determined patients can think about switching to longer-acting versions, but keep in mind that they're not necessarily directly interchangeable; a doctor should be consulted before switching.
Diltiazem products should not be used in patients under age 18 without explicit doctor approval.
Taking Diltiazem MR
Officially Diltiazem MR is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina. The medication, like all calcium channel blockers, relaxes and widens blood vessels while slowing heart rate, reducing heart beat strength, and improving blood and oxygen delivery to the heart muscle. This action reduces blood pressure and helps prevent angina.
Treatment usually starts out the same:
While both blood pressure and angina can be monitored at home by patients, regular doctor checkups are encouraged so dosage modifications can be made if needed as well as screening for developing side effects. The lowest effective dose is preferred.
For both angina and hypertension patients are usually advised to make lifestyle changes, including:
Not all patients are able to make the above changes, but those who can are strongly encouraged to try. Diltiazem MR is not a cure, and unless the underlying cause is addressed---usually by lifestyle changes---the medication may need to be taken for the remainder of life.
Off-label Diltiazem MR may be used to manage:
Because calcium channel blockers reduce heart rate and heartbeat strength, Diltiazem MR can help manage certain heart arrhythmias, though it is not beneficial in all; consult a doctor before taking this medication for a heart arrhythmia.
Benefit in other conditions is likely due to the medication's vasodilation properties. Dosage and formulation can both vary widely in all off-label uses and, again, a doctor should be consulted prior to use.
Side Effects & Interactions
Most side effects associated with Diltiazem MR are mild and not cause for concern, including:
The above only need to be brought to the attention of a doctor if severe or persistant. They will usually stop occurring as the body adjusts to treatment.
More rarely more serious side effects may occur, which do warrant medical attention:
Other medications which may cause interactions with Diltiazem MR include:
The above is not a complete list, and taking the above does not necessarily rule out use of Diltiazem MR. However, in the interest of safety, talk with a doctor or pharmacist before mixing treatments.