Diltiazem is a calcium-channel blocker which is used for the treatment of hypertension, atrial fibrillation and some tachycardia. It works by reducing the contractility of the heart and dilating main arteries in the body. Compounding is beneficial in instances where a specific dosage is unavailable or in different forms to make it easier to dose your pet. Diltiazem Compounded requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
Dogs & Cats
Diltiazem works by reducing the contractility of the heart and dilating main arteries in the body.
Should be used with caution in older pets or those with heart failure. Most common side effects are decreased heart rate, lethargy and vomiting. Should be used with caution in pregnancy and during nursing. May interact with other drugs such as benzodiazepines, beta blockers, cisapride, digoxin and cyclosporine.
Always speak to your veterinarian before administering.
|All weights||The typical dosage is 7.5 mg per cat three times daily.|
|All weights||The typical dosage is 0.25 to 0.5 mg per pound (0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg) every eight hours.|
|Horses||Do not use!|
Store this product at room temperature.
A compounded medication is the creation of a particular medication to fit the unique needs of a patient, including changing the form of the medication (e.g., from a solid pill to a liquid) for a variety reasons (e.g., to make it easier to take, to avoid a non-essential ingredient, to obtain the exact dose needed, adding favorite flavors).
If you are having difficulty giving your pet prescribed medication or need to find a discontinued medication, 1-800-PetMeds offers compounding services on select medications. We can prepare the following: (1) custom strength quantities of a medication (as capsules, liquid, chewable tablets, or transdermal (absorbed through the skin); (2) dosage forms to mask bitter or unpleasant taste (such as capsules or chewable tablets that can also be flavored); (3) dosage forms to make it easier to dose your pet such as a transdermal or liquid (that can also be flavored); and (4) discontinued products such as cisapride or DES.