Cardizem LA Dosing
Cardizem LA dosing guidelines call for 180 to 240 mg a day when treating high blood pressure. The usual starting dose for treating chest pain is 180 mg once a day. Your healthcare provider may choose to increase or decrease your Cardizem LA dose as needed to better control your symptoms or to prevent side effects.
The dose of Cardizem LA® (diltiazem hydrochloride) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Cardizem LA Dosing for High Blood PressureThe recommended starting dose of Cardizem LA for high blood pressure (hypertension) is 180 to 240 mg once daily. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase your dose to better control your blood pressure (up to a maximum of 540 mg per day) or decrease your dose if you experience bothersome Cardizem LA side effects.
Cardizem LA Dosing for AnginaThe recommended starting dose of Cardizem LA for chest pain (angina) is 180 mg once daily. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase your dose to better control your chest pain (up to 360 mg daily). The dosage can also be decreased if you experience bothersome side effects.
Considerations for people taking Cardizem LA include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once daily.
- You can take Cardizem LA with or without food.
- Because Cardizem LA tablets are extended-release, they should not be broken, crushed, or chewed. Be sure to swallow them whole.
- The medication should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For Cardizem LA to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related Cardizem LA dosing, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.