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Am J Cardiol. 1989 Dec 1;64(19):1249-52.

Usefulness of sustained-release diltiazem for stable angina pectoris.

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Canadian Multicenter Diltiazem Study Group.


Sustained-release diltiazem, 120 and 180 mg twice daily, was assessed in a multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in 65 stable angina patients with exercise-induced ST depression. Exercise testing was performed 12 +/- 1 hours after the last dose at the end of each of the 3 treatment weeks. Both dose levels of drug reduced spontaneous angina (p less than 0.001) and increased exercise duration (p less than 0.01) and time to 1-mm ST depression (p less than 0.001). No differences were noted between the 2 dose levels. Rate-pressure product at maximal exercise was similar for the 3 groups. Only 1 patient terminated the study because of adverse drug effects; severe adverse effects occurred in 1 placebo and 1 low-dose period. Sustained-release diltiazem is safe and efficacious monotherapy for patients with stable angina.

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