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Understanding How Cardizem LA Works and Specific Uses

How Cardizem LA Works

Cardizem LA is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It helps slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the vessels, which allows for better blood flow and helps to lower blood pressure. This also makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
 
There are two basic types of calcium channel blockers: dihydropyridine and non-dihydropyridine. The most important difference between the two is that non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers can decrease the heart rate, while dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers do not. Cardizem LA is a non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, which means that it can decrease the heart rate, which makes it useful for certain types of irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
 

Cardizem LA Uses in Children

Cardizem LA has been not been adequately studied in children and is not approved for their use. Be sure to talk to your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.
 

Off-Label Cardizem LA Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Cardizem LA for treating something other than the conditions discusses in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label uses of Cardizem LA include:
 
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