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Old 05-08-2017, 02:59 AM   #1
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I have been prescribed Diltiazem 180 for cardiac arrhythmia; I do not have hypertension so the drug drops my pressure too low. my PCP told me to open the capsule and take out half the drug and put it back together and take it that way: has anyone ever done that?

 
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Old 05-08-2017, 08:15 PM   #2
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Re: opening a casule to take less medication

Why not get a lower dose of diltiazm as the contents of the open capsule might not be in correct proportion.It is never the same once you open a capsule.

 
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Old 05-09-2017, 08:45 PM   #3
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Re: opening a casule to take less medication

Thanks for your response. the lowest dose is 120 and that would still be too large a dose for me. why might it not be in correct proportion if you open the capsule?

 
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Old 05-10-2017, 08:32 PM   #4
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Re: opening a casule to take less medication

Check with the pharmacist as to whether or not the capsule will be ok if opened and divided in two doses.

 
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