Cardizem is used to treat rhythm disturbances of the heart like supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation and flutter. It might also be used by your doctor in other cases as he deems fit.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store Cardizem at room temperature (read medicine label if unsure). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
An overdose of Cardizem may have adverse effects that require immediate medical attention. Contact the nearest emergency poison control center immediately if you notice effects like confusion, shortness of breath especially while lying down, drowsiness, fainting and slow heart rate.
Doctor’s advise is needed using Cardizem if you have conditions like heart problems, liver disease, lung disease, allergies.
Cardizem may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using Cardizem. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using Cardizem to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using Cardizem as it is excreted in the breast milk. If you absolutely need to have this drug then you should stop breast feeding.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include bloating, heartburn, muscle cramps, headache, flushing, nasal congestion, sore throat, constipation or diarrhea
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to side effects like breathing difficulties, swelling of the hands or feet, an irregular heartbeat.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.