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Who should not take diltiazem?

People who should not take diltiazem include those who have liver or kidney disease; a heart rhythm disturbance, such as sick sinus syndrome, that is not corrected with a pacemaker; low blood pressure or heart failure (HF). If you have had a heart attack or were born with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome or another heart defect, you may not be able to take diltiazem safely. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take diltiazem. It should not be used along with medications used to treat heart rhythm disturbances (such as amiodarone and digoxin), antacids, antibiotics, beta blockers, treatments for fungal infection, anti-seizure drugs, sedatives and HIV/AIDS medications. Tell your doctor about all the drugs you take, including over-the-counter (OTC) medications and nutritional supplements, when discussing whether diltiazem is right for you.

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