What is Diltiazem Injection?Diltiazem injection belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. It is used to treat atrial fibrillation/flutter (irregular heartbeats) or abnormally rapid heartbeat. Diltiazem is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm).
What is the most important information I should know about Diltiazem Injection?Diltiazem can increase your risk of having very slow heartbeat, worsened congestive heart failure, very low blood pressure, or liver injury.
Skin reactions can occur with the use of diltiazem and usually disappear; contact your doctor if the skin reaction gets worse or does not go away.
Who should not take Diltiazem Injection?Your doctor will not administer diltiazem to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or if you are receiving blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as atenolol or propranolol). Also, your doctor will not administer diltiazem if you have sick sinus syndrome (abnormal heart rhythm), a heart block (unless you have a pacemaker), severe low blood pressure, cardiogenic shock (when the heart is too damaged to supply blood to the body), or certain other abnormal heartbeats.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Diltiazem Injection?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with diltiazem. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have low blood pressure, chronic heart failure, heart disease, abnormal heart rhythms, kidney disease, or liver disease.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you intravenously, based on your condition.
How should I take Diltiazem Injection?Your doctor will administer diltiazem to you.
What should I avoid while taking Diltiazem Injection?Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Diltiazem Injection?If diltiazem is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with diltiazem: beta-blockers, buspirone, carbamazepine, cholesterol medications known as statins (such as lovastatin), cimetidine, cyclosporine, digoxin, midazolam, quinidine, rifampin, or triazolam.
What are the possible side effects of Diltiazem Injection?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: abnormally slow heartbeat, chest pain, constipation, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, itching, nausea, numbness or tingling on your skin, sweating, vomiting
Can I receive Diltiazem Injection if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of diltiazem during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Diltiazem can be found in your breast milk if you receive it during breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Diltiazem Injection?Diltiazem should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.
How should I store Diltiazem Injection?Your doctor will store this medication for you.