Cardizem is in a group of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It works by relaxing the muscles of your heart and blood vessels.
Cardizem is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), angina (chest pain), and certain heart rhythm disorders.
Cardizem may be only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and other medications. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to Cardizem prix, or if you have:
certain heart conditions, especially "sick sinus syndrome" or "AV block" (unless you have a pacemaker);
low blood pressure; or
if you have recently had a heart attack.
To make sure you can safely take Cardizem, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
congestive heart failure; or
if you are also taking clonidine (Catapres).
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Cardizem will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Cardizem can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Cardizem Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
a red, blistering skin rash;
swelling in your hands or feet;
dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeat;
upper stomach pain, itching, 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.
Less serious side effects may include:
dizziness, weakness, tired feeling;
upset stomach, nausea;
sore throat, cough, stuffy nose; or
flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).
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.
Cardizem may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Cardizem.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Cardizem and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Cardizem can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone);
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Cardizem. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.