Heart Rhythm Community
How long does diltiazem xt stay in your system
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to heart rhythm issues, arrhythmia, irregular heartbeat, implanted defibrillators, pacemakers, and tachycardia.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

How long does diltiazem xt stay in your system

I have been diagnosed  with sick sinus syndrome.  I was on diltiazem xt 120mg. I stopped taking the medicine 12 days ago could it still be in my system and be causing slow heart rate 40-45 during th day.
Related Discussions
4 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
187666_tn?1331176945
I believe the half life is about 18 hours depending on which type you take. That means within a couple of days there's such a small amount left in the body, it probably isn't doing much any more. I know when I stopped my Diltiazem I started having chest pains again within 3 days. I was also on the 120 ER, extended release. How long were you taking the med? And sick sinus can also cause slow HR in itself. Are you symptomatic - light headed, fainting?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I had been taking it for 6 months.  Not for chest pain but for Raynaud syndrome. I have been off for 12 days. I am  a little light headed.  The Dr says its sick sinus syndrome and  I am scheduled for a pacemaker tomorrow.  I am last minute looking for anything else this can be maybe causing a temporary slow heat rate.  It was only detected 4 weeks ago.
Blank
187666_tn?1331176945
Ok then. Diltiazem does work pretty well for the Raynauds (I have it also) but not so good for sick sinus. I have Raynauds and arrhythmias. I noticed my PSVT wasn't so bad, the chest pains went away and the Raynauds improved during the 3 months I took it. But my heart rate did  slow way down at times while on the med. So with your sick sinus syndrome, the doc may want to hold off the Diltiazem till you get the pacemaker. Keeping your rate up and steady is pretty important.

Is your Raynauds primary or secondary? Has the doctor mentioned putting you back on the med after the pacemaker is installed? Honestly, you will feel better once you have it and your heart rate does what it's supposed to do. Stay in touch and let us know how it goes tomorrow. Remember - don't lift your arm. :-)
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Thanks I will .  They have not discussed putting me back on the medicine after the pacemaker.  They are sure that the medicine did not cause the sick sinus and it did not seem to make a difference in my heart rate after I quit the medicine.  I hope I will feel better but the problem is I dont really feel bad its just my low heart rate. 40-50 day and it goes as low as 29 at night after wearing the monitor.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
1423357_tn?1373023915
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA
1807132_tn?1318747197
Blank
michellepetkus
Chicago, IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
86819_tn?1378951092
Blank
Bromley
257552_tn?1404606154
Blank
Artaud
Pittsburgh, PA
MedHelp Health Answers
Recent Activity
1755089_tn?1376057155
Blank
drewlevas uploaded new photos
1 hr ago
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
siwells48 commented on Portion Distortion: H...
Aug 20
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
gymdandee Great Comment
Aug 19
Heart Rhythm Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
1423357_tn?1373023915
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA
1807132_tn?1318747197
Blank
michellepetkus
Chicago, IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
86819_tn?1378951092
Blank
Bromley
257552_tn?1404606154
Blank
Artaud
Pittsburgh, PA