Treats heart rhythm problems. Belongs to a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
Amerinet Choice Diltiazem Hydrochloride
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to diltiazem.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how long you will receive the medicine.
- An intravenous (in-tra-VEEN-us) or IV injection is given through a tube put in one of your veins, usually in your arm, wrist, hand, or sometimes in your chest.
- A nurse or other caregiver trained to give IV injections will give your medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using digoxin (Lanoxin®), beta-blockers (Inderal®, Tenormin®), cyclosporine (Sandimmune®), or carbamazepine (Tegretol®, Carbatrol®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before receiving this medicine.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney or liver problems, low blood pressure, or other heart problems.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Burning or itching where the IV is placed
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Feeling faint or lightheaded
- Skin rash or itching
- Swelling in face, lips, or throat
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sweating , dry mouth, or thirst
- Unusual dreams or trouble sleeping
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Review Date: 2011-02-04