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I am taking diltiazem for high blood pressure. I notice

I am taking diltiazem...

I am taking diltiazem for high blood pressure. I notice whenever I have a glass of wine in the evening, I wake up in the middle of the night with a pounding heartbeat. Is this normal? Should I be worried about this?

Doctor's Assistant: When was last time you had a check up? Is there a history of high blood pressure in your family?

There is a history of HBP in my family. I was in the see my doctor about a month ago. She originally had me on atenolol but switched me over because I'm taking allergy shots.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Hmm, no. Generally I've been very healthy and physically active. About a year ago she started the BP med. The only other med I take is levothyroxine for hypothyroidism.

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How long is it happening? Does it happen when you don't take alcohol?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I've been on this Rx for about 3 weeks. It doesn't happen when I don't have alcohol. But it will happen even with one glass of wine in the evening.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
There was no mention on the patient sheet that came with this Rx that you should not have alcohol while taking this Rx. So I googled the med and there was a statement in there that alcohol could cause your blood pressure to be too low. But there was no mention of having a pounding heartbeat.

Thanks for the information.

It sounds like related to your alcohol intake. Alcohol can lower your blood pressure and add to the effect of BP meds. You may experience dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, or a rapid heartbeat if you drink alcohol with diltiazem. This effect is mostly seen when you begin treatment with diltiazem. You will have to avoid alcohol while on this meds. If the problem persist, you need to monitor your BP at night to see if you BP is dropping causing your symptoms. in that case dose adjustment would be required.

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