LABETALOL-INJECTION, Normodyne, Trandate (cont.)
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially: "water pills" (diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide), other heart medications (e.g., calcium channel blockers, nitroglycerin), cimetidine, glutethimide, asthma drugs (e.g., beta-agonist bronchodilator drugs such as albuterol), diabetes drugs, other high blood pressure drugs (e.g., clonidine, methyldopa), arbutamine, halothane anesthetic, tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, desipramine). Alkaline medications (such as sodium bicarbonate or furosemide) must not be given in the same IV line as labetalol (a white precipitate may form). Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products, diet aids) because they may contain ingredients that could increase your heart rate or blood pressure. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products. This product can affect the results of certain lab tests (e.g., amphetamine). Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this drug. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, call your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe dizziness, unusually slow heartbeat, fainting.
NOTES: Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., liver function) may be performed to monitor your progress.
MISSED DOSE: If the dose is interrupted, contact the doctor immediately to re-establish dosing.
STORAGE: Store the vials at room temperature between 36 and 86 degrees F (2 to 30 degrees C) and away from light. Do not freeze. After dilution in the correct IV fluids, this product is stable for 24 hours refrigerated or at room temperature. Discard any unused liquid.
MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).
Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005
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