Cardizam belongs to a family of drugs known as calcium channel blockers which work by relaxing the muscles of your heart and blood vessels.
It is used to treat high blood pressure, angina and specific heart rhythm disorders and may also be used for other medical purposes.
Do not drink alcohol not even moderate consumption while using Diltiazem as the side effects may be greatly increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Do not drink grapefruit juice or grapefruit products as it will adversely affect the effectiveness of the drug.
Do not use this drug if you have sick sinus syndrome, AV Block, low blood pressure or if you have had a recent heart attack. Before taking Diltiazem advise your physician if you have kidney disease, liver disease or congestive heart failure.
Less serious side effects are stuffy nose, skin rash, itching, dizziness, headache, tired, nausea, warmth, itching, redness or tingling under the skin. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are slow heartbeat, dizziness with fainting, irregular heartbeat, fever, sore throat, headache with severe blistering, peeling and skin rash, short of breath, swelling, rapid weight gain, nausea, pain in the upper stomach, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools and jaundice.If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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