Diltiazem 120mg Tablets Vs Capsules

Confused Now Says:

Is there a difference between the drug Diltiazem 120mg taking tablets or capsules?

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Oliver Says:

Wow! Here was a really personal question, and I can't wait to see answers. I started taking 30 mg tablets three times a day for a total of 90 mg. When 120 mg capsules became available, I was switched to one a day. That dosage controlled my tachycardia well for some time, but then I was diagnosed with a defective aortic heart valve, and I rejected replacement, preferring to risk failure rather than accept the negative aspects of replacement. After continued control of tachycardia for a year or more, the episodes increased, and since I maintained refusal of valve replacement, my cardiologist, with some trepidation, increased the diltiazem to two times a day for a total of 240 mg a day. The episodes again stopped, with no change in heart rate or side effects. This is no answer to the question, nor is it approval of my own (perhaps flawed) experience. I can say that I believe my current low heart rate, maintained by diltiazem, allows me to avoid valve replacement.

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VerFree Says:

Is one of them marked with something additional, such as ER, XR, SR, or etc.?

If so, then that one is a time released formulation of the medication. If not, then they are both the same, and interchangeable.

Diltiazem may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, headache, increased urination, and hypotension.

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Oliver Says:

Re: VerFree (# 2) Expand Referenced Message

Neither tablets nor capsules were marked, so when I forgot to take an AM capsule I took one of the old (3 per day) tablets for the sake of medicine continuity till the next capsule was due. Not sure how it reacted to the diltiazem in me, but some sob and tremors resulted and I would not recommend doing that.

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