What is Diltiazem ER?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Diltiazem

Diltiazem is a type of medication known as a calcium-channel blocker. It may be used to treat high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), certain types of angina (chest pain), and abnormal heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Elevated blood pressure 17 7
Atrial fibrillation 7 6
Pulmonary hypertension 3 0
Irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia) 2 2
Abdominal bloating 1 1

Show all 14 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 3
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diltiazem ER

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 1
Tension headache 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diltiazem ER

Dosage Patients
120 mg daily 3
180 mg daily 2
300 mg daily 2
2 other daily 1
240 mg/24 hours daily 1
480 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Diltiazem ER

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 2
Doctor's advice 2
Other 2
Expense 1
See all 5 patients who've stopped taking Diltiazem ER

Duration

Currently taking Diltiazem ER

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Diltiazem ER

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 13
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 5
Not specified 9

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Diltiazem ER and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Diltiazem ER

Jul 20, 2015 (Started Jul 10, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for swallowing difficulty (dysphagia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (occasional low blood pressure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: the medication works for me at the lowest dose. It lowers my blood pressure, but not too low now. I am able to eat and manage my swallowing and making sure my food goes to my stomach. I can't talk while I eat because I need to pay attention whether or not my food is going down like it is supposed to do.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 5, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high blood pressure increased)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 240 mg/24 hours Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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