Diltiazem and asthma

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I have been taking Diltiazem for 2 1/2 years and haven't had any problem with it. It doesn't sound like a reaction to Diltiazem but everyone is different and different drugs can affect people in different ways.The only way to know for sure is to discontinue the drug and see if your symptoms disappear. If they do then it was probably the drug. Your doctor more than likely prescribed the Calcium Channel Blocker due to your asthma as you would be unlikely to tolerate a Beta Blocker.
It is uncommon that an asthma problem start later in life (not in childhood) and is that sever that produce fatigue and shortness of breath. Talk to a cardiologist and complete your study.
HI I also have asthma and experience palpitations, they do get worse when my asthma does and when I use my albuterol inhaler...the asthma and/or palpitations cause me to cough a lot too. I am in the middle of finding out what it is, so far i know that i have PACs and PVCs (from holter monitor tests). Have you had any tests like that yet? I wonder if there is a connection..it feels like a couple fast beats, then one or two skipped, then maybe slow beats, and usually lasts a few hours.
I have both asthma and pots. i was put on a Beta blocker and started having awful asthma problems. I went to my GP and he said to stop taking it right away. I way put on something other then a beta blocker that did absolutly nothing. They put me on a medication called Bystolic that has worked wonders for me. It keeps my heart rate down and does not disturb my asthma. I am also on florinef for my OI and it has worked really well.
Since I have a mild asthma, can I take beta blockers? Does anyone here have asthma and take beta blockers?
I looked up atenolol to be sure since I'm not a pharmacist but it's listed as a beta blocker and they generally do not give BB's to folks with asthma. My asthma is considered mild and they still wouldn't give it to me. You should mention this reaction to your doctor soon. Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker. I did take that and had rather nasty side effects - chest pain, pretty severe shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness and pain in my legs with edema. I had to stop that one.
if it is from coronary disease and/or coronary spasm, then medicines like diltiazem as well as other classes of medicines (like beta blockers and nitrates) can help alleviate the discomfort. In some patients, the disease becomes advanced enough to require angioplasty to alleviate the discomfort. In terms of esophageal spasm, while not life threatening, this can be quite uncomfortable and is often mistaken for coronary angina.
I've taken Diltiazem and it works quite well. I have PAC's, PVC's and PSVT (a type of atrial tachy). Years ago they gave me Verapamil (similar to Diltiazem) and it did not agree with me at all. I can't take beta blockers because I have asthma. But the Diltiazem helped with the chest pain, slowed down my heart rate and lower my BP a bit, helped with my Raynauds (where my blood vessels spasm and my hands and feet turn a yucky blue/gray color).
Atenolol and Toprol as far as i know are cardio selective and less likely to trigger asthma in a patient that has asthma. I personally don't have asthma, but know quite a few patients who have asthma and take beta blockers with absolutely no complications or triggers of symptoms as a result of taking the beta blocker, though they are more often checked and should call their doctor/cardio immediately if any change or increase in symptoms.
I can't take them because I have asthma. In my case I do take Diltiazem to handle my tachy times. It also has the lovely bonus of reducing BP a bit and relaxing blood vessels to reduce the occasional angina. But it does nothing for the PVCs and PACs. This is really a good discussion to have with your doctor.
I am 41, female, have asthma and two nodules on my thyroid that so far are testing as benign, and have had panic attacks and anxiety for years. I have a son with epilepsy and so stress is a big aprt of my life. I take lorazapam as needed, but thats more and more frequent these days. Two years ago I noticed this flutter and sudden bogged down feeling in my heart. It faded, and then returned and never seemed to let up over the course of a week. I saw my doc whos ent me to a cardiologist.
I feel very sick and am now experiencing chest tightness, shortness of breath, and nausea. I don't remember having these symptoms before the medication. My doctor said that EAT was not dangerous and more of a nuisance. Does anyone have more information? SB This discussion is related to <a href='http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/255306'>EAT or Atrial Flutter</a>.
Was tired a bit, had headaches the first couple of weeks but overall it wasn't a bad med. I can't take beta blockers because of asthma. The Diltiazem was helpful in easing some of my tachy times and got rid of my chest pains.
Hello and hope you are doing well. Cough can occur as a side effect to the medication diltiazem, but cough with yellow sputum could indicate an infective pathology. You will need to consult your doctor who may need to do a sputum culture and sensitivity to determine what antibiotic the organism is susceptible to. He may even ask for blood test and an X ray. In the meantime take OTC acetaminophen for the pain, try to take warm oral fluids and do steam inhalations prior to your meals.
I just know it is something more. I kind of thought that I may have a bout with Asthma. Reflux and Asthma go hand in hand and when I went to the mountains, I had a very hard time breathing until we drove down off the mountian. So my do gave me an inhaler to try to see if it would help. About 2 weeks ago,(Friday night) I was in bed and I got this very heavy feeling in my chest, shortness of breath and these pvc's. Husband thinks I'm crazy, just go to bed, it is in your head, ect...
i am 24 and am now on diltiazem lowest dose. i am very symptomatic to meds. i was on metoprolol and i had bad asthma with it. so recently i was switched. well i am a nursing student ready to graduate and am pretty fond of the heart and conduction, so i am affraid of things like clot formations and the fact that the medicine isnt stopping the flutters. if i up my dose i get very dizzy and feel like i have motion sickness like the floor is moving from under me. its really odd, anywho...
I've tried atenolol at high doses..aggravated the asthma, verapamil...made me vomit and am currently on diltiazem 360 mg a day and propafenone 675mg a day. This combo is fairly effective in keeping what are otherwise near daily runs of tachycardia and palitations to a minimum. However this also makes me incredibly fatigued and almost constatnly dizzy (and no bp is not dropping too low). I'm wondering if anyone out there has suggestions as to meds that have helped them.
I've avoided meds all my life until recently because I didn't like the sluggish feelings they gave me. I only take Diltiazem now because it helps my chest pain and my Raynauds, both related to vasospasms. Flecanaide is a powerful drug. Unless you're having tens of thousands of ectopics day after day, I would ask the doctor to start you on something a bit milder.
had some bad reactions to it and ended up in ER. More recently they gave me Diltiazem and it was fine. Just the usual couple of weeks to adjust to it (some fatigue, headaches, dizziness).
I would call your Dr as it sounds like you need something like Albuterol but you don't use one because it triggers your SVT. As an asthmatic and somebody with SVT and atrial tachycardias, I use Advair daily and have an albuterol inhaler if needed. While the albuterol can cause some tachycardia, Albuterol doesn't stay in the system for all that long and I value my breathing more than my SVT most days.
all produced severe fatigue and aching I react by dropping my BP excessively (especially in conjunction with lisinopril) in the past I had mild asthma when on propranolol My BP currently varies between 112/72 and 148/95 - mainly around 125/80
told me to stay on my beta blocker atenolol 50 mg and added diltiazem 120 mg. I have done that for 2 years now and it seems like knock on wood no more arrythmia problems. I had read that these drugs werent that safe to take together and I started getting nervous. We are military and sometime I feel as if I get brushed to the side I needed some expert advise from you all. I really like some input about these two drugs and make sure that together they wont cause heart failure.
I have tried every class of medication I'm max'd out on beta blockers,do to asthma,max'd on ARB's and Calcium channel blockers.I take a diuretic,told increasing that would probably help very little.I could not tolerate Ace inibitors and Central acting blockers,(Tenex and Catpres patch because of allergies)the clonidine tablets,I'm taking now have been causing me problems,but because I was told my option were running out, i continue to take them.
i think the atenolol is causing me some side effects and i have and allergies and it might be making it worse and also want to start taking allergy shots but heard its not a good idea while on beta blockers. im looking for a list or names of a few calcium channel blockers that can also help my symptoms so i can talk to my dr about changing my meds..do calcium channel blockers have less side effects then beta blockers or are they safer?..
In addition, some calcium channel blockers such as diltiazem and verapamil may increase corticosteroid plasma levels and effects by inhibiting their clearance via CYP450 3A4 metabolism. MANAGEMENT: Patients on prolonged (i.e., longer than about a week) or high-dose corticosteroid therapy should have blood pressure, electrolyte levels, and body weight monitored regularly, and be observed for the development of edema and congestive heart failure.
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More recently I was given Diltiazem, still a calcium channel blocker, and other than the usual adjustment period with fatigue and headaches, it was fine. My doctor gave it to me for my tachycardia, not my run of the mill PVC's and PAC's. They're not considered a problem other than the heart hiccup sensation. I average 1-5 a minute. All you can do is try the medication, see if it helps, if the side effects are worth the slight decrease in PVC's. I doubt that they'll go away completely.
If anything my Asthma is getting worse because my heart is beating so fast and it's uncomfortable, tiring and frustrating especially if i try and do anything to keep my mind off of it.. so i keep feeling short of breath with any type of exertion. If i try and take this again today, then i won't be able to fall back on my atenolol if the symptoms get worse and this verapamil once again proves ineffective again today.
truthteller, (My wife has your exact symptoms) Oh, and everone should question asthma when a dr says they have it. My wife and a good friend were told they had asthma given an inhaler and pushed out of the office, turns out they both had cardiac / heart problems not asthma.
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