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Re: No more Diltiazem

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  • turkishangoraathumanesociety
    Hi... I guess I am confused as to why the switch away from Atenolol? I don t know your particular case, but with my Lillie, she did well on Cardizem
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 29, 2005
      Hi... I guess I am confused as to why the switch away from Atenolol? I
      don't know your particular case, but with my Lillie, she did well on
      Cardizem (diltiazem)Rx'd by an Internal Med Specialist for the first 6
      months after her heart failure, then she was able to travel to the
      Cardilogist, who switched her TO Atenolol, and it has been like a
      miracle drug...it's like she's never had any problems with her heart. I
      know each case is different, and I am sorry I don't know your kitty's
      particular situation.... Why is the vet not switching back to Atenolol
      (or another med) if Cardizem is a problem? Is your vet a board
      certified cardiologist (or IM Specialist)? I don't know if you know my
      Lillie's story, but she had heart failure 2 years ago (severe
      obstructive HCM, with a prognosis of VERY Poor), and has made an
      amazing recovery with the help of these meds. I never thought I would
      be able to pill a cat, but it is so easy now...and this
      previously "stressed out when I pill her cat" actually sits pretty and
      opens wide at med time. :) Hope your kitty can find a med that
      works... We have had a lot of times where things would look really
      bleak, and then turn around amazingly. Also, and "crazy" bloodwork
      (ie: showing high lymphocytes) should always be repeated 3 weeks later,
      as we have had some AWFUL results (as in indicating early leukemia),
      only to be normal 3 weeks later. These kitties, when fighting
      something, tend to have results like that.



      www.acvim.org (to find a board certified Cardiologist or Internal Med
      Specialist near you.--do the Geography search...if no luck, call the
      toll free number, as the list may not be fully updated to show new
      specialists in your area)
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