Cardizem CD Warnings and Precautions

Before you take Cardizem CD, warnings and precautions for the medicine should be discussed with your healthcare provider. For example, it may cause problems in people with certain arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, or liver disease. To help minimize risks, make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any existing conditions you have and all other medications you are taking before using Cardizem CD.

Cardizem CD: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Cardizem CD® (diltiazem hydrochloride) if you have:
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
     
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Cardizem CD Warnings and Precautions

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Cardizem CD include the following:
 
  • The medication can decrease the heart rate. This can be a problem in people with certain types of arrhythmias or people taking other medications that can slow down the heart rate.
     
  • Cardizem CD should be used with caution in people with congestive heart failure (CHF). The medication can cause fluid retention (edema), which can be especially dangerous in people with CHF.
     
  • Cardizem CD can lower your blood pressure, so be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have signs of the condition, including dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting.
     
  • The medication can increase liver enzymes (found using a simple blood test), which may be a sign of liver damage.
     
  • Cardizem CD is metabolized and removed from the body using the liver and kidneys. Therefore, if you have liver or kidney disease, the medication may build up in your body. Your healthcare provider should monitor you more closely and may need to decrease your Cardizem CD dosage.
     
  • Cardizem CD can interact with a number of medicines (see Cardizem CD Drug Interactions).
     
  • Cardizem CD is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug when pregnant (see Cardizem CD and Pregnancy).
     
  • Cardizem CD passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Cardizem CD and Breastfeeding).
     
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