What is Diltiazem?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 108 51
Atrial fibrillation 58 26
Pulmonary hypertension 14 2
High blood pressure (hypertension) 11 8
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 11 26

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 6
Moderate 17
Mild 17
None 98

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diltiazem

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 5
Dizziness 3
Nausea 3
Excessive bleeding 2
Headaches 2
Weight gain 2

Show all 42 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diltiazem

Dosage Patients
120 mg daily 17
180 mg daily 8
240 mg/24 hours daily 7
240 mg daily 6
120 mg/24 hours daily 4
180 mg/24 hours daily 4
30 mg daily 2
60 mg daily 2
300 mg daily 2
30 mg every 3 weeks 1

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Why patients stopped taking Diltiazem

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 34
Did not seem to work 12
Other 12
Course of treatment ended 11
Side effects too severe 10
Expense 3
Personal research 2
See all 62 patients who've stopped taking Diltiazem

Duration

Currently taking Diltiazem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Diltiazem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 124
Usually 6
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 123
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 1
< $25 79
Not specified 53

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diltiazem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 9
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 4
Atenolol (Tenormin) 2
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 2
Nifedipine (Procardia XL) 2

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diltiazem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 2
Atenolol (Tenormin) 2
Nifedipine (Procardia XL) 2
Amiodarone (Arycor) 1
Bisoprolol (Concor Cor) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

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14 patient evaluations for Diltiazem

Jun 14, 2010 (Started Jun 14, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for angina pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 240 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I found Dilthiazem very efficient in keeping angina in check'

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heart arrhythmias)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 360 mg/24 hours Daily
Advice & Tips: I have been so much better since going on Plavix for clotting and adhering to my blood pressure meds, that I'm not sure I need this med anymore. Need to see my cardiologist for evaluation.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 21, 2009 (Started Apr 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (feeling of heart pounding, skin rash, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: It's good has given me more years. So far 3
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: feeling of heart pounding, skin rash, nausea

  • 0 helpful marks
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