Cardizem CD and Impotence

In clinical trials where men took Cardizem CD, impotence was reported as a rare side effect. Since impotence was reported in less than 1 percent of men, however, it is difficult to determine whether it was actually caused by the medication or other factors. If you are taking Cardizem CD and impotence occurs, talk to your healthcare provider about possible treatment options.

Can Cardizem CD Cause Impotence?

Cardizem CD® (diltiazem hydrochloride) is a prescription medication known as a calcium channel blocker. It is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and chest pain (known medically as angina). Like most medicines, side effects can occur with the use of Cardizem CD, and impotence may be one of these side effects. In studies, impotence was reported in less than 1 percent of men taking the drug.

What Is Impotence?

Impotence is usually defined as a total inability to achieve an erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. Ultimately, impotence is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse. Impotence is also known as erectile dysfunction (or ED for short).

Cardizem CD and Impotence: What Should You Do?

It is impossible for your healthcare provider to know if you will develop impotence while taking Cardizem CD. It may also be difficult to know whether impotence is caused by the medication itself or other problems.
If you are taking Cardizem CD and impotence becomes a problem, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend treatment options. Depending on how severe your symptoms are, your healthcare provider may also recommend that you take an erectile dysfunction medicine, adjust your Cardizem CD dosage, or try another angina or blood pressure medication.
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