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  • Sandi
    Hello All! I m a newbie and asking a million and one qustions here lol...but I was wondering if anyone gives their HCM kitties Diltiazem?? I ve read in The
    Message 1 of 6 , Nov 4, 2011
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      Hello All!

      I'm a newbie and asking a million and one qustions here lol...but I was wondering if anyone gives their HCM kitties Diltiazem?? I've read in The Pill Book Guide To Medication For Your Dog And Cat (pg 188-191) that it appears to be a safe and effective treatment for HCM. Adverse effects are extremely rare. And that it improves the heart's ability to pump & may even reverse some of the damage when used long-term. Right now Jovi is still on Atenolol, however his BP seems to be high and I think his vet is going to prescribe an additional BP med.

      I'd greatly appreciate any feedback anyone has!!

      Thanks so much!!!


      Sandi & Jovi

      :)
    • elfinmyst@aol.com
      Hi Sandi Diltiazem is a calcium blocker that works in a similar way to fortekor. I have four cats on fortekor and it seems to be extremely safe even in
      Message 2 of 6 , Nov 4, 2011
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        Hi Sandi

        Diltiazem is a calcium blocker that works in a similar way to fortekor. I
        have four cats on fortekor and it seems to be extremely safe even in
        overdose (one cat ate all the others pills as well!) It improves the heart's
        ability to pump and seems to be very helpful in my cats which take it.

        Lyn

        _www.myfurkids.co.uk_ (http://www.myfurkids.co.uk/)

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      • acrocat@rocketmail.com
        Hi Sandi ... Diltiazem does not reverse HCM -- a study done many years ago indicated that it could, and everyone was very excited about it, but in the past 20
        Message 3 of 6 , Nov 4, 2011
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          Hi Sandi

          --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "Sandi" <macitygirl84@...> wrote:
          > I'm a newbie and asking a million and one qustions here lol...but I was wondering if anyone gives their HCM kitties Diltiazem?? I've read in The Pill Book Guide To Medication For Your Dog And Cat (pg 188-191) that it appears to be a safe and effective treatment for HCM. Adverse effects are extremely rare. And that it improves the heart's ability to pump & may even reverse some of the damage when used long-term.

          Diltiazem does not reverse HCM -- a study done many years ago indicated that it could, and everyone was very excited about it, but in the past 20 years it's been proven over and over to have zero effect in the progression of HCM. The regular tablets last about 8 hrs and so it's a 3x day medication.

          >Right now Jovi is still on Atenolol, however his BP seems to be high and I think his vet is going to prescribe an additional BP med.

          The best medication for hypertensive cats is amlodipine (Norvasc); if that is your cat's primary problem, go with Norvasc.

          Adriann
          > Thanks so much!!!
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          > Sandi & Jovi
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          > :)
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        • Heather Thompson
          So the specialist told us to get the Diltiazem in the XR so we only have to give it once a day. However she said that we open the capsules and there are
          Message 4 of 6 , Jan 31, 2014
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            So the specialist told us to get the Diltiazem in the XR so we only have to give it once a day.  However she said that we open the capsules and there are little tablets inside and to give one tablet a day.  My vet called her supplier and they had no idea about this.  Does anyone know if this is true?  Is it the same for all the MG (120, 180, 240)?  He needs about 30mg per day and from what I have been researching each capsule contains 60mg tablets to equal the 120, 180, 240.  My vet wanted me to check with a couple of pharmacies etc to see if this is correct.  The pharmacists of course told me that it can't be broken down as it's XR.  My vet is willing to order it in but just wants to make sure before she orders a bunch in that it will work the way the specialist said it would.

            Heather
          • Dana McCormick
            Hi Heather, I ve always used the regular Diltiazem. I have 4 on it; they get 1/4 of 30mg tablet twice/day. It s very small when quartered.  Dana On Friday,
            Message 5 of 6 , Feb 1, 2014
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              Hi Heather,

              I've always used the regular Diltiazem. I have 4 on it; they get 1/4 of 30mg tablet twice/day. It's very small when quartered. 

              Dana


              On Friday, January 31, 2014 11:20 PM, Heather Thompson <cprcheetah3@...> wrote:
               
              So the specialist told us to get the Diltiazem in the XR so we only have to give it once a day.  However she said that we open the capsules and there are little tablets inside and to give one tablet a day.  My vet called her supplier and they had no idea about this.  Does anyone know if this is true?  Is it the same for all the MG (120, 180, 240)?  He needs about 30mg per day and from what I have been researching each capsule contains 60mg tablets to equal the 120, 180, 240.  My vet wanted me to check with a couple of pharmacies etc to see if this is correct.  The pharmacists of course told me that it can't be broken down as it's XR.  My vet is willing to order it in but just wants to make sure before she orders a bunch in that it will work the way the specialist said it would.

              Heather


            • Jenny
              Heather, It is not uncommon for animals to be dosed by counting out granules in time released capsules. The question to ask the manufacturer is if each
              Message 6 of 6 , Feb 1, 2014
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                Heather,
                It is not uncommon for animals to be dosed by counting out granules in time released capsules. The question to ask the manufacturer is if each granule is the same or are there different granules designed to "burst" at different times so the drug is released every few hours. If the latter is the case, it won't work to randomly give granules. Most of the time if the granules are set off to release contents at different times they are different colors.
                Jenny

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