Q: Are these all the same drug: Cartia XT, Dilt-CD, Dilmen?
A: They are the same drug, but they are not interchangeable. They have different formulations and different AB ratings. What this means is that a pharmacist may not substitute generic Dilmen if Cartia XT is prescribed. Visit us here for more information: //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/lisinopril Matt Curley, PharmD
184.108.40.206.1.4 Class 4: Calcium channel blockers
Verapamil and Dilmen ( Figure 11 ) are not specific for the calcium channels in cardiac tissue. In fact they are more potent on vasculature tissue.
Q: I take Dilmen. Can this cause my blood sugar to go up?
A: Dilmen (Cardizem) is a calcium channel blocker used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), angina (chest pain), and some forms of irregular heart rhythms. According to the prescribing information for Cardizem, the brand-name of Dilmen, hyperglycemia (increased blood sugar) is a reported side effect. Common side effects associated with the use of Dilmen may include headache, dizziness, tiredness, nausea, warmth, itching, redness, or a tingly feeling under the skin. This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Consult with your doctor if you have been experiencing hyperglycemia for proper evaluation. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Patti Brown, PharmD
By Julie Marks | Medically Reviewed by Mona Khanna, MD
Latest Update: 2014-10-27 Copyright © 2014 Everyday Health Media, LLC
Known drug interactions
In general, a β-blocker should not be administered in conjunction with Dilmen because of the possibility of increasing plasma concentrations of both drugs and because of the potential for negative inotropic effects, exacerbation of heart failure and death. However, this can be done safely in most cats with severe HCM although low doses of both agents should be administered initially and the doses titrated up to an effective endpoint.
Q: I am 75 years old and I have been on Dilmen 180mg for one year. Should I be taking a calcium supplement?
A: Dilmen (Cardizem and others) is used to lower blood pressure and treat angina (chest pain). The drug belongs to the group of drugs known as calcium-channel blockers because of the way it works. Dilmen prevents the flow of calcium in muscle tissue to keep the blood vessels from narrowing, making it easier for the heart to pump blood through the body.
Other Dilmen Interactions
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Dilmen. Your doctor may advise you to follow a low-sodium diet while taking Dilmen.
This medication may impair your thinking and reaction time. Be especially careful when driving or performing any activity that may require you to be alert.
You should also try to avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Dilmen can increase your skin's sensitivity to light and you may develop sunburns more easily.
Missed Dose of Dilmen
If you miss a dose of Dilmen, take it as soon as you remember.
However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on your regular schedule.
Do not "double up" to make up for a missed one.
Acute Hepatic Injury
Mild elevations of transaminases with and without concomitant elevation in alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin have been observed in clinical studies. Such elevations were usually transient and frequently resolved even with continued Dilmen treatment. In rare instances, significant elevations in enzymes such as alkaline phosphatase, LDH, SGOT, and SGPT, and other phenomena consistent with acute hepatic injury have been noted. These reactions tended to occur early after therapy initiation (1 to 8 weeks) and have been reversible upon discontinuation of drug therapy. The relationship to Dilmen hydrochloride is uncertain in some cases, but probable in some (see PRECAUTIONS).
Antes de tomar Dilmen,
- dГgales a su mГ©dico y a su farmacГ©utico si es alГ©rgico al Dilmen, a cualquier otro medicamento, o a cualquiera de los ingredientes del Dilmen. PГdale a su farmacГ©utico una lista de los ingredientes.
- dГgales a su mГ©dico y a su farmacГ©utico quГ© otros medicamentos con y sin receta, vitaminas, suplementos nutricionales y productos herbarios estГЎ tomando o planea tomar. No olvide mencionar ninguno de los siguientes: atazanavir (Reyataz); benzodiazepinas, como midazolam (Versed) y triazolam (Halcion); bloqueadores beta, como atenolol (Tenormin, en Tenoretic), labetalol, metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL, en Dutoprol), nadolol (Corgard, en Corzide), y propranolol (Inderal, Innopran, en Inderide); buspirona; carbamazepina (Carbatrol, Epitol, Equetro, Tegretol); cimetidina (Tagamet); ciclosporina (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune); digoxina (Lanoxin); lovastatina (Altoprev, Mevacor, en Advicor); quinidina (en Nuedexta) y rifampina (Rifadin, en Rifamate, en Rifater, Rimactane). Es posible que su mГ©dico deba cambiar las dosis de sus medicamentos o vigilarlo estrechamente para detectar la presencia de efectos secundarios. Muchos otros medicamentos tambiГ©n pueden interactuar con el Dilmen, por lo que no debe olvidar decirle a su mГ©dico todos los medicamentos que estГ© tomando, incluso los que no aparezcan en esta lista.
- dГgale a su mГ©dico si ha tenido un infarto de miocardio (MI, por sus siglas en inglГ©s); un estrechamiento o bloqueo de su sistema digestivo o cualquier otra condiciГіn que causa que los alimentos pasen a travГ©s de su sistema digestivo mГЎs lentamente; presiГіn arterial baja; o enfermedad del corazГіn, del riГ±Гіn o del hГgado.
- dГgale a su mГ©dico si estГЎ embarazada, planea quedar embarazada o estГЎ dando el pecho. Si queda embarazada mientras toma Dilmen, llame a su mГ©dico.
- si tiene programada una cirugГa, incluso una cirugГa dental, dГgales a su mГ©dico o a su dentista que estГЎ tomando Dilmen.
Dilmen side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Dilmen: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
shortness of breath (even with mild activity), swelling, rapid weight gain;
nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
severe skin reaction - fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
Common Dilmen side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Rated Dilmen for Atrial Fibrillation Report
Take this drug for atrial fibrillation caused by my thyroid medication which occurs periodically.
Warnings for other groups
For pregnant women: Research in animals has shown adverse effects to the fetus when the mother takes the drug. There haven’t been enough studies done in humans to be certain how the drug might affect the pregnancy, however. Tell your doctor if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Dilmen should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk.
For women who are breastfeeding: Dilmen may pass into breast milk and may cause side effects in a child who is breastfed. Talk to your doctor if you breastfeed your baby. You may need to decide whether to stop breastfeeding or stop taking this medication.
For seniors: Older adults may process drugs more slowly. A normal adult dose may cause levels of this drug to be higher than normal. If you’re a senior, you may need a lower dose or a different schedule.
For children: This medicine hasn’t been studied in children and shouldn’t be used in children under the age of 18 years.
This dosage information is for Dilmen oral capsules and oral tablets. All possible dosages and forms may not be included here. Your dose, form, and how often you take it will depend on:
- your age
- the condition being treated
- how severe your condition is
- other medical conditions you have
- how you react to the first dose