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Teva-Diltiazem HCL ER

Common Name
diltiazem


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02271605 TEVA-DILTIAZEM HCL ER 120MG CAPSULE
02271613 TEVA-DILTIAZEM HCL ER 180MG CAPSULE
02271621 TEVA-DILTIAZEM HCL ER 240MG CAPSULE
02271648 TEVA-DILTIAZEM HCL ER 300MG CAPSULE
02271656 TEVA-DILTIAZEM HCL ER 360MG CAPSULE

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Diltiazem belongs to a family of medications known as calcium channel blockers. It is used alone or with other medications to treat high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). It works by relaxing blood vessels and by reducing the workload of the heart. The injectable form of this medication is sometimes used in the hospital to bring abnormal heart rhythms under control.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use this medication?

The recommended dose of diltiazem can range from 30 mg to 360 mg daily. The dose for the tablet form of diltiazem is usually taken 3 or 4 times a day. The dose for the capsule form of diltiazem is usually taken once daily. Swallow the capsules whole with fluids. Do not chew, or crush , or open the capsules.

The starting dose of diltiazem to treat angina is usually 120 mg to 180 mg daily. Depending on how well the medication is tolerated and how effective it is at this dose, your doctor may gradually increase the dose every 1 to 2 weeks to a maximum of 360 mg daily.

The starting dose to treat high blood pressure is usually 180 mg to 240 mg daily. It may take 2 to 4 weeks to reach a maximum benefit with any one dose, therefore dose increases should not be done more often than every 2 weeks, to a maximum of 360 mg daily.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue on with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does this medication come in?

120 mg
Each lavender extended-release capsule marked in white ink with "Dilt HCl ER 120" contains diltiazem HCl 120 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: black iron oxide, eudragit, gelatin, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate, povidone, simethicone, sucrose stearate, talc, and titanium dioxide. May also contain one or more of the following dyes: FD&C Red No. 28, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Green No. 3, and FD&C Red No. 40.

180 mg
Each bluish-green/white extended-release capsule marked in black ink, with "Dilt HCl ER 180" contains diltiazem HCl 180 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: black iron oxide, eudragit, gelatin, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate, povidone, simethicone, sucrose stearate, talc, and titanium dioxide. May also contain one or more of the following dyes: FD&C Red No. 28, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Green No. 3, and FD&C Red No. 40.

240 mg
Each lavender/bluish-green extended-release capsule marked in white ink, with "Dilt HCl ER 240" contains diltiazem HCl 240 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: black iron oxide, eudragit, gelatin, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate, povidone, simethicone, sucrose stearate, talc, and titanium dioxide. May also contain one or more of the following dyes: FD&C Red No. 28, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Green No. 3, and FD&C Red No. 40.

300 mg
Each lavender/white extended-release capsule marked in black ink with "Dilt HCl ER 300" contains diltiazem HCl 300 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: black iron oxide, eudragit, gelatin, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate, povidone, simethicone, sucrose stearate, talc, and titanium dioxide. May also contain one or more of the following dyes: FD&C Red No. 28, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Green No. 3, and FD&C Red No. 40.

360 mg
Each bluish-green/bluish-green extended-release capsule marked in white ink with "Dilt HCl ER 360" contains diltiazem HCl 360 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: black iron oxide, eudragit, gelatin, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate, povidone, simethicone, sucrose stearate, talc, and titanium dioxide. May also contain one or more of the following dyes: FD&C Red No. 28, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Green No. 3, and FD&C Red No. 40.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take diltiazem if you:

  • are allergic to diltiazem or any ingredients of the medication
  • are or may become pregnant
  • have certain types of heart rhythm problems in the absence of a pacemaker
  • have very low blood pressure
  • have weakened pumping action of the heart (called left ventricular failure)


 

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