Treatment Tips and Adverse Reactions to Cardizem LA
General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- Cardizem LA comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
- You can take it with or without food.
- The tablets are extended-release and should not be broken, chewed, or crushed. 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.
Dosing InformationThe dosage 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 the case with any medicine, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Cardizem LA Dosing for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Cardizem LA. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Cardizem LA include, but are not limited to:
- Swelling or water retention in the feet or lower leg (edema)
- Slow heart rate (bradycardia)
(Click Cardizem LA Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
You can also read about specific side effects in the following eMedTV articles:
- Cardizem LA and Dry Mouth
- Cardizem LA Weight Gain
- Cardizem LA and Depression
- Cardizem LA and Impotence.