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What are Diltiazem Tablets?
Diltiazem, categorized as a calcium channel blocker, is a heart and blood pressure medication for dogs and cats. It is also useful in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (thickening of the heart muscle), and heart disease. Diltiazem is sold by the tablet and requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
Dogs and Cats
- Lowers blood pressure
- Treats heart disease
- Helps heart beat more efficiently
How do Diltiazem Tablets work?
Diltiazem works by preventing calcium from building up in your pet's blood vessels, making blood flow easier and lowering blood pressure.
Diltiazem should be used with caution in elderly pets, pets taking beta blockers, and pets with liver or kidney failure. It should also be used with caution in pregnant or nursing pets. If serious side effects or allergic reactions occur, stop giving Diltiazem and seek emergency veterinary attention.
What is the most important thing I should know about Diltiazem Tablets?
Diltiazem must be administered exactly as prescribed by your veterinarian. Diltiazem is available in 30 mg and 60 mg tablets. It is used to treat high blood pressure, heart disease, and other heart-related illnesses. It is sold by the tablet and requires a prescription from your veterinarian. Additionally, Diltiazem should not be given to pets with severe hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure), sick sinus syndrome, 2nd or 3rd degree AV block (heart condition), acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), or pulmonary congestion.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Diltiazem to my pet?
Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or nursing. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is taking beta blockers, has liver or kidney failure, or is elderly. Make sure you understand the dosing schedule prescribed by your veterinarian. Also, discuss the exams and tests that may be necessary while your pet is on Diltiazem. Consult with your veterinarian if your pet is taking any other medications or supplements.
How should Diltiazem Tablets be given to dogs and cats?
Administer Diltiazem Tablets by mouth, with or without food. For dogs, the standard oral formulation is 0.5-2 mg/kg (0.23-0.91 mg/lb) by mouth 3 times daily or every 8 hours. For cats, dosage varies greatly depending on the condition and should be given exactly as directed by your veterinarian.
What are the potential side effects of Diltiazem?
Diltiazem's most common side effect is bradycardia (slow heart rate). Other side effects can include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and loss of appetite. Rare, but possible side effects are hypotension, heart block, arrhythmias, central nervous system effects, and elevated enzymes.
What happens if I miss giving my dog or cat a dose of Diltiazem?
Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is close to the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with the regular schedule. Don't give two doses at once.
What happens if I overdose my pet on Diltiazem Tablets?
Contact your veterinarian immediately. Signs of an overdose can include weakness, loss of appetite, difficult or rapid breathing, pale gums, and a low heart rate.
What should I avoid while giving Diltiazem Tablets to my pet?
Do not give to pets with severe hypotension, sick sinus syndrome, 2nd or 3rd degree AV block, acute myocardial infarction, or pulmonary congestion.
What other drugs will affect Diltiazem Tablets?
Diltiazem may interact with the following drugs: anesthetics, benzodiazepines, beta-blockers, buspirone, carbamazepine, cimetidine, clonidine, cyclosporine, digitalis, quinidine, rifampin, and statins. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is on any of these drugs.
Diltiazem Tablets Directions:
- Give Diltiazem exactly as it is prescribed by your veterinarian.
- Tablets can be taken with or without food.
Always make sure there is fresh water available for your pet.
Diltiazem Tablets Dosage:
|All weights||Dosage varies depending on the condition. Give exactly as directed by your veterinarian.|
|All weights||The standard oral formulation is 0.5-2 mg/kg (0.23-0.91 mg/lb) by mouth 3 times daily or every 8 hours.|
|Horses||Do not use!|
Store at 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid excessive humidity. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Diltiazem Tablets Ingredients:
|Active Ingredient (per tablet)||Amount|
|Diltiazem Hydrochloride||30 mg|
|Active Ingredient (per tablet)||Amount|
|Diltiazem Hydrochloride||60 mg|