What is this medication?
Labetalol, Trandate is indicated for the treatment of hypertension.
How does this medication work?
Labetalol is a beta-blocker that binds to alpha-adrenergic receptors in vascular smooth muscle inhibition adrenergic stimulation and subsequent vasoconstriction of peripheral blood vessels.
How should I take this medication?
Usual (Oral): 100mg twice daily.
How to Use: Take without regard to food; however, the absolute bioavailability of labetalol is increased when taken with food. Administer in a consistent manner with regards to meals.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting labetalol make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, and activities you perform. Labetalol has been associated with floppy iris syndrome, severe hepatotoxicity (rare), hypotension/syncope. Labetalol should be used with caution in patients with bronchospastic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart failure, myasthenia gravis, peripheral vascular disease, pheochromocytoma, psoriasis and thyroid disease.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Orthostatic hypotension, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, paresthesia, drowsiness, yawning, headache, ejaculatory failure, impotence, increased serum transaminases, nasal congestion, dyspnea
Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only the most common.
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