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Cardizem Questions

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#1 yogabear


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Posted 30 October 2007 - 06:56 AM

hi everyone!! hope you're all doing well. I'm officially ready to tackle my raynaud's with diltiazem. it's actually called cartia xt, I think. I've been taking atenolol for supra-ventricular tachycardia for years, which has effectively reduced my heart rate. my blood pressure is already pretty low. my dr's plan is for me to substitute one med for the other.

do any of you take this? if so, what side effects have you experienced? I've read about really low bp, flushing, edema, pounding heartbeat. trying it makes me edgy. I need a kick start from you all, please. my doctor's pretty adament about it.

thanks in advance,
sharon in washington

(by the way, as of yesterday I've been officially diagnosis with limited and crest. my scl-70 was negative. all in all, I'm doing just fine.)

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 08:27 AM

Yogabear, if you have taken Tenormin for years and it has been working. And you wish to stay on it then you should let your doctor know that you have been happy with that drug. Doctors are like everyone else if they prescribe certain medications that preform similar to other meds and should work the same then they prescribe them and see how patients respond to them. If they aren't preforming to a persons optimum then another drug is tried. It is your choice whether you wish to change or not. If your medical insurance provider has been paying for this drug and you are happy then don't change. If you haven't received relief then it doesn't hurt to try something else. If it ain't broke why go tryin to fix it. Its all good. Sheryl
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