Diltiazem (Injection)

Introduction

Diltiazem (dil-TYE-a-zem)

Treats heart rhythm problems. Belongs to a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers.

Brand Name(s)

Amerinet Choice Diltiazem Hydrochloride

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to diltiazem.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how long you will receive the medicine.
  • An intravenous (in-tra-VEEN-us) or IV injection is given through a tube put in one of your veins, usually in your arm, wrist, hand, or sometimes in your chest.
  • A nurse or other caregiver trained to give IV injections will give your medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using digoxin (Lanoxin®), beta-blockers (Inderal®, Tenormin®), cyclosporine (Sandimmune®), or carbamazepine (Tegretol®, Carbatrol®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before receiving this medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney or liver problems, low blood pressure, or other heart problems.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Burning or itching where the IV is placed
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Skin rash or itching
  • Swelling in face, lips, or throat

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating , dry mouth, or thirst
  • Unusual dreams or trouble sleeping

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (www.urac.org). URAC's accreditation program is an independent audit to verify that A.D.A.M. follows rigorous standards of quality and accountability. A.D.A.M. is among the first to achieve this important distinction for online health information and services. Learn more about A.D.A.M.'s editorial policy, editorial process and privacy policy. A.D.A.M. is also a founding member of Hi-Ethics and subscribes to the principles of the Health on the Net Foundation (www.hon.ch)

The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- 2013 A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.

This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
Average rating (0)