This medication is a vasodilator, prescribed for peripheral vascular disease, relief of symptoms associated with cerebrovascular insufficiency, and premature labor. It relaxes blood vessels, which makes them wider and allows blood to pass through them more easily.
Contraindicated in patients with history of arterial bleeding, immediately after childbirth and labor.
Adult: PO- Peripheral vascular disease: The recommended dose is 10-20 mg 3-4 times/day.
IV/IM- To arrest premature labour- The recommended dose is 200-500 mcg/min via IV infusion until control is achieved, then 10 mg 3-8 hourly via IM inj for several days.
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.
It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein and large muscle.
• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of bleeding problems, who are taking other medications, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
• Central Nervous System :
• Heart : Low blood pressure, palpitations, fast heart rate, lung swelling and flushing.
• Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting and abdominal distress.
• Miscellaneous : Rash and allergic reactions such as hives, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest.
Avoid excess dosage.
Store it at room temperature (25°C).
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