A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Zemtard XL in the UK
Diltiazem CD is a calcium channel blocker. This means this drug works by relaxing the blood vessels of the body and the heart thus facilitating an easy flow of blood through the vessels. In addition, it lowers the heart rate. These effects not only decrease the blood pressure and workload on the heart, but they also increase your ability to exercise. Diltiazem is indicated to treat angina, high blood pressure, heart attacks and kidney diseases. The usual presentation is chest pain, weakness, edema, breathlessness or symptoms associated with kidney problems. CD in Diltiazem stands for "controlled delivery," which means that the active ingredient is slowly released over 24 hours thus making its dose once a day.
Diltiazem is marketed under different names by different companies. You can easily buy Cardizem CD online, including Diltiazem CD 120 mg, through Canada Pharmacy.
Diltiazem is prescribed by a doctor only, and the prescription is to be strictly followed. The dosage of Diltiazem is dependent on the patient's condition, his response to treatment and other associated medications being used. Your doctor will, usually, start with a low dose and then build it up to the optimum level to get the desired response.
Diltiazem should be swallowed as a whole and should not be chewed, crushed, broken or opened up. Alteration in dosage is to be done Only by the doctor, and you should never increase, decrease or stop its dosage yourself.
Before starting this drug, consult your doctor if you have;
Immediately contact your doctor if any of these side effects of Diltiazem develop. This is a list of common side effects while others may also occur.