Levatol

Generic Name: Penbutolol

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Levatol is a medicine known as a beta-blocker, which is used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat high blood pressure.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Levatol works by decreasing your heart rate, and relaxing and widening your blood vessels, allowing your blood to flow through with less resistance. This helps to lower your blood pressure.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: By lowering your blood pressure, Levatol may lower your risk of a stroke or a heart attack.

    When: Levatol may start lowering your blood pressure within 2 weeks. Though you may not feel an improvement or change in the way you feel, it is very important to keep taking your medicine as prescribed to keep your condition under control.

    How do I know it is working?

    Check your blood pressure regularly. Your healthcare provider will also check your blood pressure at every visit. Following an appropriate diet and exercise plan will also affect your blood pressure results.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: headache, dizziness, tiredness, nausea, diarrhea.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Worsened heart failure with symptoms such as weight gain, increased shortness of breath, or a slow heartbeat.

    Levatol may hide symptoms of low blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Levatol if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not take Levatol if you have certain heart problems (such as heart failure, a slow heartbeat, or your heart skips a beat).

    Do not take Levatol if you have breathing problems (such as asthma).

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Levatol. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart or thyroid problems, lung problems (such as bronchitis or emphysema), problems with your blood flow, diabetes, or if you are scheduled for surgery.

    Tell your healthcare provider if you have a history of severe allergic reactions to any allergens, because Levatol may decrease the effectiveness of epinephrine, a medicine used to treat such reactions.

  • What is the usual dosage?

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

    Adults: The usual dose is 20 milligrams once a day. Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as appropriate.

    If you are elderly, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.

    It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Levatol exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not change your dose or stop taking Levatol without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Levatol is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Levatol with any of the following: alcohol, lidocaine, blood pressure/heart medications known as calcium channel blockers (such as amlodipine or verapamil), digoxin, hydrochlorothiazide, or reserpine.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

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

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Levatol, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light.