Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Diltiazem works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding alcohol. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling. Lowers blood pressure. Diovan (Valsartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 4.71 Diltiazem
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Side effects Diltiazem Diovan More Diltiazem side effects »
Viral infection 1%
Abdominal pain 1%
Low blood pressure 5%
Joint pain 1%
Back pain 1%
Dizziness, postural 1%
More Diovan side effects » How it works Diltiazem Diovan Diltiazem is a calcium channel blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing your heart rate and relaxing your blood vessels. Your heart gets more oxygen and doesn't have to work as hard to pump, which can relieve chest pain. Diovan (Valsartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs. Type of medication Diltiazem Diovan Prescription only Prescription only Available as Diltiazem Diovan Pill Extended release Extended release capsule Used for Diltiazem Diovan Risk factors for serious side effects Diltiazem Diovan › Taking digoxin or beta-blockers at the same time › History of liver disease Detailed Cardizem (diltiazem) risks & warnings » › Women of childbearing age › African descent › Current kidney problems › Medicine that increase potassium › Use of salt substitute Detailed Diovan (valsartan) risks & warnings »
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
Interactions Diltiazem Diovan › Interacts with the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin. No interactions related info.
Alcohol Diltiazem Diovan › Not a good medication for you if you drink alcohol. No alcohol related info.
Kidneys and liver Diltiazem Diovan › There have been reports of liver damage within the first eight weeks of Cardizem (Diltiazem), particularly if you have a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver. › Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function. › Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease. Upsides and benefits Diltiazem Diovan › A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people. › Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure. › You can take it alone or with other medicines to help lower blood pressure. › Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. › Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly. › Treats certain abnormal heart rhythms. › A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people. › Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. › Similar to ACE inhibitors (like Lisinopril), with fewer side effects like cough and swelling. › Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease. › Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart. Downsides and risks Diltiazem Diovan › Calcium channel blockers can cause swelling in your limbs. If this happens for you, it probably won't get better over time, so talk to your doctor about alternatives if it bothers you. › Women are more likely to have side effects (especially swelling) from Diltiazem than men. › You can't miss doses. Stopping Diltiazem suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. › Some brands of Diltiazem have to be taken with food, so listen carefully for instructions from your doctor or pharmacist. › Not a good medication for you if you drink alcohol. › Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body. › Not safe to use if you're pregnant. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Diltiazem Diovan › Can cause dizziness or fatigue in the first few days. › Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved. › Interacts with the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin. › Can cause ankle or foot swelling. › Can cause gum overgrowth. Ask your dentist to check for this side effect. › Can cause dizziness in the first few days. › Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved. › Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away. › Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function. › Don't take it if you're pregnant. Learn more More about Diltiazem Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Diovan Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert