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Diltiazem and Alcohol / Food Interactions

There are 2 alcohol/food/lifestyle interactions with diltiazem which include:

diltiazem ↔ multivitamins with minerals

Moderate Drug Interaction

Using diltiazem together with multivitamin with minerals can decrease the effects of diltiazem. Talk with your doctor before using diltiazem and multivitamin with minerals together. You may need a dose adjustment or need your blood pressure checked more often if you take both medications. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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diltiazem ↔ food

Moderate Food Interaction

Alcohol can lower your blood pressure and add to the effects of diltiazem. You may experience dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, or a rapid heartbeat if you drink alcohol with diltiazem, especially when you first start taking the medication or just after a dose increase. Grapefruit juice may also increase the effects of diltiazem in some people by increasing its levels in the blood. You may want to limit alcohol intake and avoid excessive consumption of grapefruit and grapefruit juice during treatment with diltiazem. However, if you have been regularly consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice with diltiazem, do not alter the amounts of these products in your diet without first talking to your doctor or other healthcare professional. Contact your doctor if your condition changes or you experience increased side effects of diltiazem such as headache, irregular heartbeat, swelling, unexplained weight gain, or chest pain. Orange juice is not expected to interact.

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Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.

Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

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