Chest Pain (Angina)

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Chest Pain (Angina) Overview

Angina, also known as angina pectoris, is chest pain or pressure, usually caused by insufficient blood flow to the heart muscle (myocardium). It is most commonly a symptom of coronary artery disease.Angina is typically the result of obstruction or spasm of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. The main mechanism of coronary artery obstruction is atherosclerosis as part of coronary artery disease. Other causes of angina include abnormal heart rhythms, heart failure and, less comm...

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What Does Sa Mean On A Prescription

diltiazem 120mg sa cap. What does the sa stand for. ## The SA stands for sustained action, which means it's a time released formulation, rather than a regular release, so it helps maintain better blood pressure control. Is there anything else I can help with? ## I was recently put on Diltiazem 120 SA, 11 days ago..I was on Lisinopril for about 4 yrs. as well as lorazepam...My heart rate was elevated..So the Dr did the change. My question is, Does it take the new drug time to work? I checked my numbers after my 3 mi walk today, and I was 143 82 w 108 Heart rate. It was like this yesterday, 145 81 88 HR than 5 hrs later it was 134 78 87HR...I have also had to go careful with my Lorazepam since I started this drug..I have .5 tablets that I take one and one half or up to 2 of these 3 ti...

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Nitrocontin 2.6 mg

What is this medicine used to treat? ## For what purpose is nitrocontin 2.6 used? ## Ihave undergone cabg in 2005 and again undregone angioplasty in april2009.Now Iam taking Ecospirin gold 10 mg which contains ecospirin75mg clopigrel 75mg and statin10mg one tablet in the night as per doctors advice. Also iAM TAKING 25MG NUBETA for B.P.Recently i AM ASKED TO take nitrocontin 2.6 one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I GET HEADACHE IF TAKE THIS TABLET.Please advice on the nessecity of taking this drug. The doctor is not to be distubed often. ## Nitrocontin is a continuous release Nitroglycerin tablet, it is used to treat Angina and heart failure. Common side effects may include: nausea, headache and low blood pressure. You can read more here: Is there anything else I can help you w...

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Diltiazem - 120mg - Tired and Fatigued

I have been on this drug for 6 months due to an AFIB episode. Before taking this medication I was never likely to nap or being drowsy during the day. On this medication I feel like I need a nap daily and non motivated. My PCP and Cardiologist say it is a side effect that my body will adapt to, but with me that is not the case. I wake up tired after a good night's rest. I am going to the Doc to see if I can switch, but have anyone else have had this? ## Hello, JB! How are you doing? Did they switch you to a different medication? I had similar problems with many blood pressure medications. It took about a year to find ones I could take that wouldn't make me miserable, after I had congestive heart failure. Other side effects to this medication, as listed by the FDA, may possibly in...

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Diltiazem CD, XR & ER

What is the difference between diltiazem CD, diltiazem XR and diltiazem ER? Can you refer me to a website where I could research this information? ## There is no difference, it's just different abbreviations for the same thing, a time released version of the medication, some places will us CR, ER or XR, there is no definitive way that it has to be done. Diltiazem is a calcium channel blocker used to treat hypertension and angina. You can read more here: Do you have any other questions? ## Not quite true. These are indeed all timed release versions of diltiazem, but they all use different drug delivery systems and are released into the body at different rates. You can verify this if you look at the professional write-ups on each drug. For example, diltiazem CD, which is generic for t...

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Ranexa in a sensitive system

I was recently given 500mg time-released caps of Ranexa after a heart cath, with blocked/failed stents but blood has re-routed, so no need for more stents. I do not do well on new medications. I had a severe reaction to the medrol pak that landed me in the heart procedure dept. It's been two days since procedure, I always have PVC's and am terrified to take this new med. The Dr. is out of office til next week and I'm on Lisinopril already and worry about more arrythmias/PVCs or other side effects. I live alone, no family. ## Ranexa contains the active ingredient Ranolazine, it is usually given in conjunction with a medication like Lisinopril, to help treat chronic, stable angina. The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, and co...

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Nifedipine - Flushing, Fatigue

I take Nifedipine 60 mg each morning. Previously I was on 30 mg twice a day. I feel warmth and notice redness in my lower legs and face about an hour after taking my medication. I also seem very tired about an hour after taking it. Is this common? Does it ever go away? Thank you! ## Yes, those issues can both be side effects of Nifedipine, according to FDA reports, you may also experience nausea, dizziness, heartburn, and headache. Ref: Medline Plus Nifedipine How long have you been taking it? Side effects typically hit their peak about 4 to 6 weeks in, as your body gets used to the medication, and it reaches its full level of efficacy in your body, then they begin to taper off, and eventually disappear. However, if these are severe, you may need to try a different medication, or need a...

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Diltiazem Hydrochloride Extended Release Capsules

Not sure what they are for. ## How long does it take for diltia XT 180mg to leave your system and side effects to subside? ## My doctor started me on Diltiazem HCL time released beads 240/CP24 in January of 2012. Over time the meds continued to make me dizzy and the headaches would come and go. My doctor said it was my body adjusting to my blood pressure. My BP went down but not as much as I wanted. My insurance plan covers this med so I don't have to pay for it. On 3/24/11 was not feeling well because of the headaches and dizziness so I went to the ER. The ER doc asked me why I was taking Diltiazem......I told her that's what my doctor prescribed. My heart is fine. After checking me out she prescribed Hydralazine 10 mg and I was discharged. Took them the next day and there were...

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Diltiazem 120mg...super sleepy

I've been taking diltiazem 120 milligrams once in the morning and once at night. I've been taking it for several months and I can never fully wake up I feel super sleepy all the time my doctor said to try to start taking it at night only. When will that other extra dose get out of my system and when will I possibly feel more awake? ## It may take a week, or two, before things fully settle back down and you really start to feel better. Have you ever checked your blood pressure, while feeling that sleepy? While this medication can cause drowsiness and dizziness as side effects, according to the FDA, it shouldn't be that severe. You may be experiencing very low blood pressure. ## Might be too much. Check your blood pressure.

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Diltiazem ER 180 to 240 dose

Hello, I am taking the 180 and about to run out, and have some 240 mgs left. Can i take them until my 180s get filled? Would there be any problems? They are the same except the dosage. ## Hello, Donald! How are you? It would be best not to raise your dosage, without your doctor's approval. Taking a higher dose could result in your experienced nausea, dizziness, lowered blood pressure and lowered heart rate, as reported by the FDA, which may put your life in danger. Is there anything else I can help with? ## Use a good pill cutter. Cut them in half. ## That's probably not a good idea since "ER" means "Extended Release" - they are likely coated to be time released and if you cut them in half, the dosage would take effect too much at one time. If the tablets don...

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Cardizem and fatigue

Feeling so tired on Cardizem. Doc said I shouldn't be. Is fatigue a possible side effect? ## Yes, it is actually one of the most common possible side effects that the FDA warns about. Other side effects may include edema, nausea, dizziness, headache, and hypotension. However, the tiredness can also be a symptom of your blood pressure dropping too low, dehydration, or just your body adjusting to your blood pressure being lowered. Are you on any other medications? How long have you been taking it?

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