Diltiazem and edema

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Duktuazen, used for A-Fib and PSVT, can causes rash and leg-edema, low blood pressure, and dizziness. My suggestion is start lap-swimming using a front-mounted snorkel every day for 45 minutes and you'll strengthen and tone your heart. After a week your heart will be stronger and the electrical pathways will conduct current more effectively reducing the chance of PSVT episodes returning.
The indapamide worked better for you than the dilitazem so it only makes sense to stay w/the indapamide and forego the diltiazem since your doctor obviously didn't consider the indapamide and diltiazem a good combinantion. I understand about uninsured doctor visits. We lost our family doctor of some 30 years and got a rude shock when we started doctor shopping!!! From a standard $35 office call to a $150 initial office call!!!!! Who the hay can afford to doctor shop at that rate???
I looked up the side effects of the Amlodipine and came up with the Edema being a side effect. I just started drinking alot more water to try to stop it, but it doesn't seem to change. I can't feel any discomfort, and once I sit down in my recliner with no socks, it goes down within an hour or so, but it still worries me, especially with the other listed causes of edema. I had a Cardioligist but he released me to my family Dr. since my only real issue is high BP.
Such as diet, level of exercise, etc. What my doctor has done for me is to prescribe lassix, Coreg, and diltiazem, and it seems to do the job. The biggest problem from the CHF, for me, is kidney failure, which is going to be addressed next week, as I will be starting dialysis. The shortness of breath can be from his lungs filling up with fluid, and the answer to that is the lassix. I take 120 mg. a day and it seems to address the fluid on the lungs.
lyn2, Thanks for your questions. Diltiazem is associated with decreased contractility and slowed conduction of the heart, i.e., it worsens heart squeeze and slows the heart rate. These effects are usually only important in persons with preexisting heart dysfunction or conduction problems. Some patients with heart failure may indeed have worsening of their heart function upon starting calcium channel blockers.
It could be peripheral edema Common Causes Foot, leg, and ankle swelling is common with the following situations: Prolonged standing Long airplane flights or automobile rides Menstrual periods (for some women) Pregnancy -- excessive swelling may be a sign of preeclampsia, a serious condition sometimes called toxemia, which includes high blood pressure and swelling Being overweight Increased age Injury or trauma to your ankle or foot Swollen legs may be a sign
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. Most recently I was using Diltiazem, also a CCB without any major side effects, just the usual adjustments. How long have you been taking these 2 meds? You may still be in the adjustment period (the first 4 weeks or so). If the side effects are too serious, call the doctor.
I also take 240 mg/daily diltiazem and had the same problem several years ago and my doctor prescribed a minimal dose (25 mg/day) of the diuretic HCTZ to take in addition to the calcium channel blocker. That worked and I hardly notice ankle swelling any more (although my doc and cardiologist still say they see some trace swelling-- but it's not noticeable to the average layman). BTW, the HCTZ also helps control high BP and the diltiazem helps keep my heart rate down in persistent afib.
Be careful taking diltiazem (lisinopril). I was on it for medium high blood pressure for 5 years and finally stopped taking it because it had caused deep depression, not to feelings of suicide though. It seemed to build up, so be on the lookout for feelings of not caring and hopelessness. Now I'm on Verapamil and am doing OK except for the ankle swelling. Tried another CB'er (Cartia XT or Cardizem) and had the same edema effect.
I've heard that some CCB's can cause edema and some sleep disturbances. I'm thankful I've never had that happen. What I don't know is whether the edema is temporary or not. I think the sleep problems will fade in time. I couldn't take Verapamil, too many problems with it. But Diltiazem has worked well for me once I got past the first few weeks of adjustment, mostly headache and some fatigue. Ask your doctor whether the swelling will ease up or if you have to switch.
The diltiazem was prescribed to try to prevent my migraines. I don't have any problems with my blood pressure. I was also given Elavil to help with migraines, depression, and nerve pain in jaw. The migraines are less frequent and less severe now, but I am always sleepy, exhausted and hungry (I think this is from the Elavil, I've heard it makes you crave sweets and stuff.) It's a relief to have some of the pain subside, but I can't function like this.
This first occurred in my right arm and lasted for about 20 seconds and recently occurred on my left side leg and arm and lasted for about 20 seconds. I have experienced brief episodes of "seeing stars" after harsh caughing but have never experienced numbness. My blood preasure is slightly high 140 over 92 and I am a 48 year old male. I am currently being treated for PVCs and am on dilitiazem.
Abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet, and legs is called edema. swelling may affect both legs and may include the calves or even the thighs. Because of the effect of gravity, swelling is particularly noticeable in the lower part of the body. The Causes Foot, leg, and ankle swelling is common with the following Being overweight, Blood clot in the leg, Increased age, Leg infection, Veins in the legs that cannot properly pump blood back to the heart.
meaning the supply of blood/oxygen is probably less than the demand and the heart (left ventricle) will enlarge in an attempt to meet the demand and eventually contractions will become even weaker and there will be congested heart failure (blood backs up into the lungs causing congestion (edema)). All of the heart is working, but there may be segments of the heart wall that has impaired heart cells and contractions are weaker than normal.
4) Those medications shouldnt really impact your energy level too much. They can cause swelling and edema (CCB) that is not responsive to the diuretic. Again, I would think about losing the CCB. I would also suggest looking for other reasons for your fatige and light headedness as those shouldnt be associated with the CCB. good luck!
, 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. The dosages of antihypertensive medications may require adjustment.
The good news is, CHF is treatable, with drug therapy, and the lasix is a good place to start. Then Coreg, and perhaps diltiazem, or some other BP med to keep your BP in check. If you smoke, quit. If you drink alcohol, quit.....and if you have any extra weight, lose it. If you do the medication and all of the above, you should do very well. I hope the best for you, and that I've answered your questions.
I wore an e-Cardio event monitor for 3 weeks during which time I encountered 2 episodes that the doctor called and suggested I go to ER but both times the A fib was resolving on its own and I declined to do so. I was started on coumadin and diltaizem, developed edema from the diltiazem and was switched to metoprolol. I was also started on propafanone 2 x daily. To my knowledge I have NOT had an event since the third day of propfanone.
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?..
Since the meds are causing problems w/your running you can have a good sit down discussion w/your cardiologist about the dosages and frequency of dosing and maybe even a switch to other meds in the same class(es). For instance I have COPD as well as mild A fib and ran in to some edema w/a calcium channel blocker despite the calcium channel blockers having some benefit for COPD as well. We switched to a beta blocker instead and I've done well w/the beta blocker and Rythmol.
My problem is that I have developed edema in my legs (my shins have vanished and when pressed over the shin there is a dent that stays for a long time) and my angina has increased. I have a history of LVH due to a fluid overload in surgery (had a hypertensive crisis in the middle of surgery and when they treated it they lost my BP and did a fluid overload to get a BP back, enlarging my heart to 4 times normal size, it resolved but left me with very mild LVH of 12 mm) My question is...
5 mg ,this stopped the symptoms from happening and felt better ,However after about 4weeks on the medications. I started getting nightmares and vivid dreams and waking up suddenly with Rapid heart beats ! and a large spike in b.p !! like 178 over 101 pulse 82 bpm cardio doctor put me on 20 to 40 mg verapamil at night time - to counter act the dreaming and keep the pressure down at night.
I'm scheduled to go back in mid-Dec to discuss the medications I'm taking for blood pressure and possibly stopping some of them (metoprolol, diltiazem,minoxidil,traim/hctz,diovan and clonidin and wel chol)blood pressure is currently running in the(140's/70-80's)cholesterol,(done on 10/23) tri-365 tot-321 LDL-195 HDL-53 chol/HDLC-6.06 unable to take statins. Quetions: Are spasms somthing I should be concerned about, what causes them, a little info please?
We tried Diltiazem first in place of the Toprol but I had a problem w/edema w/the Diltiazem. If its been 5 years since you've had an echo there's no harm in having another - except your tendency to anxiety and panic attacks. None of us are completely "normal". They can always find some minor thing or things that could even be artifact but they mention just to CTA.
It's been nearly four weeks since the procedure and I continue to have regular bouts with PACs (1-6 per min) which come and go, and often appear related to physical exertion. The frequency of the PACs is elevated compared to pre-procedure, although I have noticed some decline over the past week. I have read and been told that the recovery time is usually 1-2 weeks (with PACs being a typical symptom).
If not already done, an evaluation of the activity of your thyroid gland(TSH) would be useful. Cartia(diltiazem) and amiodarone don't exactly cause heart failure, but in some cases may aggravate pre-existing heart failure. The drug amiodarone causes a number of side effects which may affect the liver, lungs, eyes, thyroid gland and skin. There are other medications used to treat atrial fibrillation such as sotalol, flecanide,and propafenone which have fewer side effects.
Acebutolol - Sectral Atenolol - Tenormin Betaxolol - Kerlone Bisoprolol - Zebeta, also sold as Ziac Carteolol - Cartrol Carvedilol - Coreg Labetalol - Normodyne, also sold as Trandate Metoprolol - Lopressor, also sold as Toprol Nadolol - Corgard Penbutolol - Levatol Propranolol - Inderal, Inderal LA Timolol - Blocadren Calcium Channel Blockers Calcium channel blockers can reduce blood pressure by dilating the arteries and, in some cases, reducin
After the 4th day when I called the office and said that I was NOT going to take this any longer, she switched me to a calcium channel blocker (Diltiazem 120 mg). After 2 days on it, I am sleeping again, BP of 115/79 and pulse of 88. I feel pretty normal again. My question is whether my elevated pulse rate is really bad enough to be on any medication? I wonder what is causing the elevation. Do doctors just put you on medicine and hope it is controlled?
***** Yes - I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure - in '05 - and yes - my recent bouts of Pulmonary Edema - indicate chronic heart failure. You are entirely correct. I have both. RE: "Do you know what caused your CHF (chronic heart failure)?" JACK............. ************* Last year I was smoking. I no longer smoke cigs since June 16, 2008.............when I was airlifted and on life support - for the heart failure/Pulmonary problems.
My husband, who is 59 years of age, takes Diltiazem, and Lisinopril for high blood pressure, and Duexis for arthritis of the shoulder, recently had a terrible cramp in his thigh. Two days later he shows me his leg and literally, his entire thigh from the inside, outside and down the back of his leg is awfully bruised. It is black and blue all over. I can not get him to see a doctor.
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