acebutolol, Sectral, Prent (cont.)

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Epinephrine- and norepinephrine-depleting drugs, such as reserpine (Harmonyl), may have an additive effect when given with beta-blocking drugs and cause an abnormally slow heart beat or low blood pressure, which may give rise to dizziness or fainting.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of acebutolol in pregnant women. It should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the risk to the fetus

NURSING MOTHERS: Acebutolol is excreted in human milk, and use among nursing mothers is discouraged.

SIDE EFFECTS: Most adverse reactions to acebutolol have been mild, not required discontinuation of therapy, and tended to decrease as the duration of treatment increases. Adverse events include dizziness, lightheadedness, excessive tiredness, headache, constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach and muscle aches. With serious adverse events such as shortness of breath or wheezing, swelling of the feet and lower legs and chest pain, it is advisable to contact a doctor immediately.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Last Editorial Review: 7/31/2009



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