Generic Name: Pindolol

  • What is Pindolol?

    Pindolol, a type of medication known as a beta-blocker, is used to treat high blood pressure. It is effective alone or combined with other high blood pressure medications, particularly with a thiazide-type diuretic.

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

    You must take pindolol regularly for it to be effective. Pindolol does not cure high blood pressure; it merely keeps it under control. Pindolol should not be stopped suddenly. It can cause increased chest pain and heart attack. The dosage should be gradually reduced under your doctor's supervision.

    This medication along with other similar medications may cause a potential hazard to the heart, which may lead to heart failure. Make sure to discuss your complete medical history with your doctor, including if you have had a history of heart failure.

    If you need to have any type of surgery, you may need to temporarily stop using pindolol. Be sure the surgeon knows ahead of time that you are using pindolol.

    Pindolol may mask signs of low blood sugar such as a rapid heartbeat. Pindolol may affect blood sugar levels. Your doctor may need to change the dose of your diabetes medicine.

    Pindolol may mask signs of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) such as a rapid heartbeat.

  • Who should not take Pindolol?

    If you have bronchial asthma, severe heart failure, inadequate blood supply to the circulatory system (cardiogenic shock), heart block (a heart irregularity), or a severely slow heartbeat, you should not take pindolol. You should also not take pindolol if you are allergic to it or any ingredient in the medication.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with pindolol. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a heart problem such as heart block; a thyroid disorder; asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or other lung or breathing disease; coronary artery disease; diabetes; liver or kidney disease; low blood pressure; slow heart rate; or congestive heart failure.

  • 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 determine the dosage according to your specific needs. The usual starting dose is 5 milligrams (mg) 2 times per day, alone or with other high blood pressure medication. Your blood pressure should be lower in 1-2 weeks. If your blood pressure is not reduced sufficiently within 3-4 weeks, your doctor may increase your total daily dosage by 10 mg at a time, at 3-4 week intervals, up to a maximum of 60 mg a day.

    The safety and effectiveness of pindolol have not been established in children.

  • How should I take Pindolol?

    Take pindolol exactly as prescribed. If you do not take pindolol regularly, your condition may worsen.

  • What should I avoid while taking Pindolol?

    Do not suddenly stop taking pindolol.

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

    If pindolol is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining pindolol with the following: airway-opening drugs such as albuterol, blood pressure drugs such as reserpine, digoxin, epinephrine, insulin or oral antidiabetic agents such as glyburide, and thioridazine.

  • What are the possible side effects of Pindolol?

    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: abdominal discomfort, chest pain, difficult or labored breathing, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, joint pain, muscle pain or cramps, nausea, nervousness, strange dreams, swelling due to fluid retention, tingling sensation, weakness

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

    The effects of pindolol during pregnancy are unknown. Pindolol appears in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. You should not breastfeed while taking pindolol. 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 Pindolol?

    If you miss a dose of pindolol, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. 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 the same time.

  • How should I store Pindolol?

    Store at room temperature and protect from light.

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