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Can Diltiazem be taken for high blood pressure?

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Posted on Wed, 22 Mar 2017
Question: I am taking losartan for High bloodpressure 100 mg/day
I am taking lamictal 150 mg /day.

My BP stays about 145-150 over 80 . My doctor just prescribed dilitazem(sp?) to bring bp down.
Is this ok?
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Answered by Dr. Sagar Makode (26 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Better option is Amlodipine

Detailed Answer:
hello,
Diltiazem is not drug of choice now a days as it can lower the heart rate. It used to given in the past but its less commonly given now a days due to availability of Better drugs. Better option is tab Amlodipine 5 mg once a day, which has less side effects and is of same class. So I would advise for Amlodipine instead of diltiazem. you can discuss this issue with your local doctor.
Also, weight loss, low salt diet, regular exercises, plenty of fruits will help in reducing bp.
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Brief Answer: Better option is Amlodipine Detailed Answer: hello, Diltiazem is not drug of choice now a days as it can lower the heart rate. It used to given in the past but its less commonly given now a days due to availability of Better drugs. Better option is tab Amlodipine 5 mg once a day, which has less side effects and is of same class. So I would advise for Amlodipine instead of diltiazem. you can discuss this issue with your local doctor. Also, weight loss, low salt diet, regular exercises, plenty of fruits will help in reducing bp.