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Frequently Asked Questions

My vet told me I needed to buy Cardizem for my pet. Do you carry it?

Short Answer

Yes, look for Diltiazem HCL.

Long Answer

Cardizem (pronounced: CAR-di-zem ) is diltiazem hydrochloride and is sold under such names as Diltiazem HCL, Cardizem, Cardizem CD, Cardizem LA, Cardizem Lyo-Ject, Cardizem Monovial, Cardizem SR, Cartia XT, Dilacor XR, Diltia XT, Novo-Diltiazem HCL, Taztia XT, Tiamate, Tiazac.

Diltiazem HCL blocks the transport of calcium into the smooth muscle cells lining arteries, allowing them to relax, dilate, and reduce blood pressure and pain due to certain diseases. It is often prescribed for some forms of angina (chest pain) or high blood pressure.

Both doctors and veterinarians often prescribe it; please follow all label instructions.

List of calcium channel blockers:

  • Dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers
    • Amlodipine (Norvasc)
    • Felodipine (Plendil)
    • Nicardipine (Cardene, Carden SR)
    • Nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat)
    • Nimodipine (Nimotop)
    • Nisoldipine (Sular)
    • Nitrendipine (Cardif, Nitrepin)
    • Lacidipine (Motens)
    • Lercanidipine (Zanidip)
  • Phenylalkylamine calcium channel blockers
    • Verapamil (Calan, Isoptin)
    • Gallopamil
  • Benzothiazepine calcium channel blockers
    • Diltiazem (Cardizem)

Additional Information

Diltiazem hydrochloride (Rx) (VetStreet.com)

Diltiazem (nlm.nih.gov)

Cardizem Oral Uses and How to Use (HealthSquare.com)

diltiazem, Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac (MedicineNet.com)

Diltiazem (Wikipedia.org)

Calcium channel blocker (Wikipedia.org)