What is Labetalol used for?
Labetalol is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. It belongs to a group of drugs called beta-blockers. By blocking the action of certain natural chemicals such as epinephrine in your body, Labetalol lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and strain on the heart. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Labetalol?
The dosage of Labetalol prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Labetalol can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Labetalol?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Labetalol medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Labetalol?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Labetalol, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Labetalol?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Labetalol.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Labetalol, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Labetalol can interact with diabetes medication, heart medication, and asthma medication.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Labetalol?
Like other medicines, Labetalol can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Labetalol are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Labetalol cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Labetalol develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Labetalol can cause side effects such as dizziness, tiredness, impotence, anxiety, and nervousness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Labetalol.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Labetalol?
Is it possible for me to take Labetalol with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Labetalol?
What are the possible drug interactions of Labetalol?
How will Labetalol work in my body?
How should Labetalol be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Labetalol drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Labetalol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.