Trandate

Generic Name: Labetalol

  • What is Trandate?

    Trandate is a medicine used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure.

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

    Do not stop taking Trandate suddenly without first talking to your doctor; it can cause harmful effects. When stopping Trandate, your doctor will gradually lower your dose.

    Trandate may mask symptoms of having low blood sugar levels, especially if you have diabetes. Be sure to monitor your blood sugar levels on a regular basis.

    Although rare, liver injury has occurred with Trandate. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience the following: itching, dark urine, anorexia, yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes, abdominal pain, or "flu-like" symptoms.

  • Who should not take Trandate?

    Do not take Trandate if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. In addition, do not take Trandate if you have asthma, heart failure, heart block, slow heartbeat, or low blood pressure.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Trandate. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a heart condition, heart failure, lung condition (such as asthma or bronchitis [inflammation of the air passages within the lungs]), diabetes, history of heart attack, liver impairment, pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland), plan to have surgery, 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: The recommended starting dose is 100 milligrams (mg) twice a day. Your doctor will adjust your dose as needed, based on your blood pressure.

  • How should I take Trandate?

    Take Trandate exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication abruptly without first speaking to your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Trandate?

    Do not miss your scheduled dose.

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

    If Trandate 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 Trandate with the following: blood pressure/heart medications known as calcium channel blockers (such as diltiazem), certain antidepressants (such as amitriptyline), cimetidine, digitalis, or nitroglycerin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Trandate?

    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: dizziness, ejaculation failure, fatigue, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, stuffy nose, taste changes, upset stomach, weakness

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

    The effects of Trandate during pregnancy are unknown. Trandate is found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. 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 Trandate?

    If you miss a dose of Trandate, 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 Trandate?

    Store at room temperature.