Brevibloc

Generic Name: Esmolol

  • What is Brevibloc?

    Brevibloc belongs to a class of medications called beta blockers. It is used to temporarily control the heart rate in certain circumstances before or after surgery in patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter (irregular heartbeats). Brevibloc is also used to treat rapid heart rate and high blood pressure during or after surgery. Brevibloc is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Brevibloc?

    Brevibloc can cause low blood pressure, heart failure, bronchospasm (airway narrowing), or can hide symptoms of low blood sugar levels if you have diabetes. Your doctor will monitor your heart, breathing, and blood sugar levels while you are receiving Brevibloc.

  • Who should not take Brevibloc?

    Your doctor will not administer Brevibloc to you if you have a slow heartbeat, heart failure, certain type of heart block, or other severe heart problems.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Brevibloc?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Brevibloc. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes; low blood sugar; abnormal blood pressure; kidney disease; have heart, lung or breathing problems; or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on your condition and your weight.

  • How should I take Brevibloc?

    Your doctor will administer Brevibloc to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Brevibloc?

    Do not miss your follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Brevibloc?

    If Brevibloc is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with Brevibloc: digoxin, dopamine, epinephrine, morphine, norepinephrine, reserpine, verapamil, or warfarin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Brevibloc?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: agitation, confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, injection-site reactions (such as inflammation), nausea, vomiting

  • Can I receive Brevibloc if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Brevibloc during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Brevibloc?

    Brevibloc should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Brevibloc?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.