This medication is a beta-blocker, prescribed for high blood pressure, including high blood pressure during pregnancy. It blocks both alpha and beta receptors in the body, which lowers blood pressure.
Contraindicated in patients with asthma, severe heart diseases and hypersensitivity.
PO- Adult- The starting oral dose is 100 mg twice daily.
IV- Emergency treatment of HTN- 50 mg, repeat at 5-min intervals if needed, Max: 200 mg.
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food.
It also comes as a solution for injection, to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart, kidney or liver disease; asthma, severe allergic reactions, diabetes, cancer, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness or drowsiness do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
It may affect blood sugar level; monitor sugar level regularly.
Body as a whole :
Fatigue, weakness and headache.
Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea and taste disturbances.
Central nervous system : Dizziness, tingling and drowsiness.
Autonomic nervous system : Nose stuffiness, ejaculation failure, impotence and increased sweating.
Heart : Slow heart beat and low blood pressure.
Respiratory : Difficulty in breathing.
Skin : Rash.
Special senses : Visual disturbances.
Avoid excess dosage.
Store it in an airtight container, and out of the reach of children. Protect from heat. Store it at room temperature.
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