Diltiazem Compound is primarily used for treating irregular heartbeats and high blood pressure.
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Diltiazem Compound Basics
Diltiazem is available by prescription only. Diltiazem is an extra-label calcium channel blocker prescribed to dogs and cats suffering from different heart conditions that include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or thickened heart walls, high blood pressure, or irregular heartbeats. Calcium enters the heart through calcium channels and causes the heart muscle and blood vessels to contract making it harder to pump blood through the body. Diltiazem blocks these calcium channels, reducing the contraction of the heart muscle and dilating the arteries. This slows the heart beat and lowers blood pressure, allowing the heart to pump blood more efficiently. Diltiazem compound is available in a capsule, oral suspension, and a chewable tablet.
Diltiazem Compound Warnings
Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Diltiazem should not be used in animals with known allergies to this drug. Some animals may become weak due to lower blood pressure while taking diltiazem. Notify your veterinarian if your animal is taking any other medications, especially digoxin, propanolol, cimetidine, or cyclosporine. Use caution when giving diltiazem to animals suffering from heart failure or low blood pressure. Store at room temperature. Shake oral suspensions before use.
Diltiazem Compound Directions
Use as directed by your veterinarian. Follow the instructions printed on the prescription label. Store diltiazem at room temperature protected from light and moisture. Shake suspensions well before use. Be sure to complete the prescription to ensure a full recovery, even if your pet seems to be improving, unless instructed otherwise by your veterinarian. Diltiazem can be given with or without food.
Diltiazem Compound Dosage FAQs
In the case of a missed dose of diltiazem, give it as soon as you remember or wait until it is time to give the next dose. DO NOT GIVE A DOUBLE DOSE OF DILTIAZEM. In the case of an overdose of diltiazem, seek attention from your veterinarian. The following symptoms could be signs of an overdose are low heart rate, pale gums, rapid breathing, loss of appetite, and weakness.
If you notice any behavioral or physiological changes in your pet while administering diltiazem, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Allergic Reactions and Serious Side Effects
In the case of an allergic reaction or a serious side effect, seek veterinary attention immediately. Some common signs of allergic reactions and serious side effects are breathing difficulties, facial swelling, hives, scratching, pale gums, shock, or seizures.
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