What is Sectral?Sectral, a type of medication known as a beta-blocker, is used to treat high blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms. When used to treat high blood pressure, it is effective used alone or in combination with other blood pressure medications, particularly with a thiazide-type diuretic.
What is the most important information I should know about Sectral?Sectral should not be stopped suddenly. This can cause increased chest pain and possibly heart attack, especially if you have coronary heart disease. The dosage should be gradually reduced.
If you have had severe congestive heart failure in the past, Sectral should be used with caution. If you develop signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure, such as weight gain, or unexplained breathing problems, contact your doctor.
If you experience difficulty breathing, or develop hives or large areas of swelling, seek medical attention immediately. You may be having a serious allergic reaction to the medicine. Sectral can also make other severe allergies worse.
This medication may mask the symptoms of low blood sugar or alter blood sugar levels. If you are diabetic, discuss this with your doctor.
Notify your doctor or dentist that you are taking Sectral if you have a medical emergency, or before you have any surgery.
Who should not take Sectral?If you have heart failure, inadequate blood supply to the circulatory system (cardiogenic shock), a type of heart condition called heart block, or a severely slow heartbeat, you should not take this medication.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Sectral?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Sectral. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, asthma and other breathing problems, certain heart problems (coronary artery disease, heart failure), diabetes, kidney or liver problems, peripheral vascular disease, or thyroid problems.
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.
High Blood Pressure
Adults: The usual starting dose for mild to moderate high blood pressure is 400 milligrams (mg) per day. It may be taken as a single daily dose or as 2 doses of 200 mg each. The usual daily dosage ranges from 200-800 mg. People with severe high blood pressure may take up to 1,200 mg per day divided into 2 doses. Sectral may be taken alone or in combination with another high blood pressure medication. Avoid doses >800 mg per day in the elderly.
Adults: The usual starting dose is 400 mg per day divided into 2 doses of 200 mg each. Your doctor may gradually increase the dose to 600-1,200 mg per day. If your doctor wants you to stop taking this medication, he or she will reduce the dosage gradually over a period of 2 weeks. Avoid doses >800 mg per day in the elderly.
How should I take Sectral?Take Sectral exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Sectral?Avoid abruptly stopping or interrupting therapy, especially if you have coronary artery disease.
Do not take nasal decongestants found in over-the-counter cold preparations or nasal drops without consulting your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Sectral?If Sectral 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 Sectral with the following: certain blood pressure medicines such as reserpine and other beta-blockers, certain over-the-counter cold remedies and nasal drops, digitalis glycosides, insulin and oral diabetes drugs, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
What are the possible side effects of Sectral?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: abnormal vision, chest pain, constipation, cough, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, frequent urination, gas, headache, impotence, indigestion, joint or muscle pain, nasal inflammation, nausea, rash, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, strange dreams, swelling due to fluid retention, trouble sleeping
Can I receive Sectral if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Sectral during pregnancy are unknown. Sectral appears in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. Sectral is not recommended for use during nursing. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Sectral?If you miss a dose of Sectral, 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 schedule. Do not take two doses at once. If you are unsure, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
How should I store Sectral?Store at room temperature, away from light. Keep the container tightly closed.
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