Why is Diltia prescribed?
Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Diltiazem is in a class of medications called calcium-channel blockers.
How does Diltia work?
It works by relaxing the blood vessels so the heart does not have to pump as hard. It also increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.
How should Diltia be used?
Diltiazem comes as a tablet, an extended-release (long-acting) tablet, and an extended-release capsule to take by mouth. The regular tablet is usually taken three or four times a day.
Are there any other uses for this medicine?
Diltiazem is also sometimes used to treat certain types of arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms). Talk to the doctor about the risks of using this medication for such conditions.
What special dietary instructions should be followed?
If your doctor prescribes a low-salt or low-sodium diet, follow these directions carefully.