Side effects include:
Liver dysfunction and overgrowth of the gums also may occur. Dilocard can cause mildly abnormal liver tests that usually return to normal with discontinuation of the medication. When Dilocard is given to individuals with heart failure, symptoms of heart failure may worsen because these drugs reduce the ability of the heart to pump blood. Like other drugs for high blood pressure, Dilocard is associated with sexual dysfunction.
A study in six healthy volunteers has shown a significant increase in peak Dilocard plasma levels (58%) and AUC (53%) after a 1-week course of cimetidine 1200 mg/day and a single dose of Dilocard 60 mg. Ranitidine produced smaller, nonsignificant increases. The effect may be mediated by cimetidine's known inhibition of hepatic cytochrome P-450, the enzyme system responsible for the first-pass metabolism of Dilocard. Patients currently receiving Dilocard therapy should be carefully monitored for a change in pharmacological effect when initiating and discontinuing therapy with cimetidine. An adjustment in the Dilocard dose may be warranted.
What are metoprolol and Dilocard?
Metoprolol is a beta-adrenergic blocking agent (beta-blocker) that blocks the action of the sympathetic nervous system (a portion of the involuntary nervous system). Metoprolol is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), heart pain (angina), congestive heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, hyperthyroidism, some neurologic conditions, and to prevent migraine headaches.
Dilocard is a calcium channel blocker (CCB) used to treat heart pain (angina), high blood pressure, and abnormal heart rhythms. CCBs block the entry of calcium into muscle cells that make up the heart and surround the arteries. Calcium entering these cells causes them to contract, allowing the heart to pump blood, and the arteries to narrow. By blocking the entry of calcium, Dilocard decreases the force of contraction of the heart and its rate of contraction. It also relaxes the muscles surrounding the arteries, allowing the arteries to widen (dilate). By dilating arteries, Dilocard reduces the pressure in the arteries into which the heart must pump blood, so the heart needs to work less and requires less oxygen. By reducing the heart's need for oxygen, Dilocard relieves or prevents angina. Dilation of the arteries also reduces blood pressure.
What is Dilocard?
Dilocard is a calcium channel blocker. It works by relaxing the muscles of your heart and blood vessels.
Dilocard is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), angina (chest pain), and certain heart rhythm disorders.
Dilocard may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
GENERIC NAME(S): Dilocard Hcl
OTHER NAME(S): Diltzac ER Capsule, Extended Release 24 Hr (Capsule, ER 24 Hr)
Dilocard is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and prevent chest pain (angina). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. When used regularly, Dilocard can decrease the number and severity of episodes of chest pain from angina. It may help increase your ability to exercise.
Dilocard is called a calcium channel blocker. It works by relaxing blood vessels in the body and heart so blood can flow more easily. Dilocard also lowers your heart rate. These effects help the heart work less hard and lower blood pressure.
WHAT IS Dilocard?
Dilocard is used to treat several medical conditions, including hypertension (high blood pressure), angina (chest pain), and even to slow unusually fast heartbeats.
Dilocard is in a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It works by relaxing (widening) your blood vessels (veins and arteries), which in turn makes it easier for your heart to pump and reduces the workload on it.
Some of the brand names that Dilocard is marketed under include Cardizem®, Cartia XT®, Tiazac®, and Tiamate®.
Before taking Dilocard, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: certain types of heart rhythm problems (such as sick sinus syndrome/atrioventricular block), liver disease, kidney disease, heart failure.
This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially dizziness, constipation, or swelling ankles/feet.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of Dilocard can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include slow heartbeat, weakness, chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting.
ВїPara cuГЎles condiciones o enfermedades se prescribe este medicamento?
El Dilocard se usa para tratar la presiГіn arterial alta y controlarangina (dolor en el pecho). El Dilocard pertenece a una clase de medicamentos llamados bloqueadores de los canales de calcio. ActГєa relajando los vasos sanguГneos, de modo que el corazГіn no tenga que bombear con tanta fuerza. TambiГ©n aumenta el flujo sanguГneo y la oxigenaciГіn del corazГіn.
La hipertensiГіn arterial es una condiciГіn comГєn y cuando no se trata, puede causar daГ±os en el cerebro, el corazГіn, los vasos sanguГneos, los riГ±ones y otras partes del cuerpo. El daГ±o a estos Гіrganos puede causar enfermedades del corazГіn, un infarto, insuficiencia cardГaca, apoplejГa, insuficiencia renal, pГ©rdida de la visiГіn y otros problemas. AdemГЎs de tomar medicamentos, hacer cambios de estilo de vida tambiГ©n le ayudarГЎ a controlar su presiГіn arterial. Estos cambios incluyen comer una dieta que sea baja en grasa y sal, mantener un peso saludable, hacer ejercicio al menos 30 minutos casi todos los dГas, no fumar y consumir alcohol con moderaciГіn.
Q: I take Dilocard. Can this cause my blood sugar to go up?
A: Dilocard (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 Dilocard, hyperglycemia (increased blood sugar) is a reported side effect. Common side effects associated with the use of Dilocard 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