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Diltiazem/Cardizem question...

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by Camelot Farms, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Ive been on Tenormin for 6 years for an irregular heart beat. Recently it stopped being effective and I would have periods of 140 beat/per minutes rates.

    Yesterday I went to my PCP and she prescribed Diltiazem. Told me to start taking it immediately and stop the Tenormin.

    I took a dose last night, one this morning and one just about an hour ago. I feel like crud!

    Heart rate goes from 70 and regular to 80 and irregular, 120 for a while.

    I feel wiped out.

    Anyone with experience with Diltiazem/Cardizem?
     
  2. detali

    detali Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't quite trust ordinary doctors. It's a long story. My first line of defense against anything is to find out what's natural that works. Find yourself a natropathic doctor. ND. I feel that is much safer.
     
  3. crazy cat lady

    crazy cat lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been taking diltiazem for my blood pressure for quite a few years. What is the dosage you have to take (mg)? I'm taking 120 mg a day.
     
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm going to second that.
     
  5. Shannon's Chix

    Shannon's Chix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm an RN...it may take awhile to get regulated. Do you have any way to check your blood pressure? It may be going too low. Try to recline with your feet up and see if that helps, it may take a few days to normalize and if you still feel like "crud" or your HR and/or BP are not stable, talk to your doc.
     
  6. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Quote:She has me on 30mg, 3x's a day.
     
  7. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Quote:I dont have a way to check it... [​IMG]

    I ended up just sitting real still for about an hour and the feeling finally went away. Its like running a marathon and never moving a muscle.

    I took the evening dose about 30 mins ago and am hoping for an un-eventful evening.

    My BP tends to run on the low end of low. This is how the doc usually describes it.

    When I lay in bed, it gets worse. If it happens again, I will definitely try the recliner.

    Thanks all for the info. I dont feel quite so panicked at the moment.
     
  8. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kim, have they ever talked about a pacemaker to regulate your heartbeat or do they just want to continue using the meds ? My mom used to be on cardizem and it would take her a good week for her system to get used to the switch.
     
  9. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Hoosiermama...they havent yet mentioned a pacemaker. I think that they are hoping to use meds as long as possible.

    Thanks for the info on your mom. I dont feel alone now. I just thought that something was wrong when the new med didnt work right away. [​IMG]

    I get anxious when I can feel my rate flex and when the rhythym is off, that of course makes it worse...silly me.
     
  10. ChicknJ

    ChicknJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yup yup,

    also a RN checking in here. Tenormin is a beta blocker and generally regulates heart rate but has some blood pressure lowering abilities. If it loses efficacy the Doc will change it. Cardizem is a calcium channel blocker and acts in a completely different manner. It will take a few days, maybe even up to 2 weeks to normalize and optimize your BP and HR. See if you can't pick up a BP machine at a store, check it when you are feeling weird. Let your Doc know what's going on. Best of luck , hang in there,, sometimes meds have to be changed multiple times til you find what works for you.
     

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