acebutolol, Sectral, Prent (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Acebutolol is used alone or with other drugs to treat high blood pressure and arrhythmias. It also is used to treat chest pain due to coronary artery disease (angina) in which the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart are inadequate for the heart to pump normally.

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:

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.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Capsules: 200 and 400 mg.

STORAGE: Capsules should be stored at room temperature, 77 F (25 C), away from light and moisture.

DOSING: Acebutolol can be taken with or without food, usually once or twice daily. The dosage of acebutolol should be reduced in patients with dysfunction of the kidneys or liver since kidney or liver disease reduce the elimination of acebutolol.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: The use of beta-blockers together with fenoldopam (Corlopam), a drug used to manage severe high blood pressure, may result in unexpectedly low blood pressure since beta-adrenergic blocking drugs add to the blood pressure-lowering effects of fenoldopam.

With concomitant use of clonidine (Catapres) and beta-adrenergic blocking drugs, severe high blood pressure may occur if patients abruptly discontinue the clonidine. Because of this effect, it is advisable to discontinue beta-adrenergic blocking drugs prior to starting clonidine.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/28/2015


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