Drug Class: What is Inderal and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Inderal work?
Dosage: How should you take Inderal
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Inderal
Special information on Inderal
Inderal side effects
|Drug Class: What is Inderal and why is it prescribed?|
Generic Inderal is in a class of drugs called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers affect the heart and circulatory system (arteries and veins).
Generic Inderal is prescribed to treat angina, mild to moderate high blood pressure (hypertension), irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmias), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (weakness of the heart muscle), heart attack, pheochromocytoma, tremors, and migraine headaches.
Generic Inderal may also be used for purposes other than those listed.
|Drug Mechanism: How does Inderal work?|
|Generic Inderal blocks nerve impulses to various parts of the body, which accounts for its many effects. For example, it slows the heart rate and force of the contraction (which helps lower blood pressure), decreases the hearts oxygen requirement (which helps prevent angina), and helps stabilize heart rhythm.
|Dosage: How should you take Inderal|
Therapeutic response to a given dosage varies between patients, therefore, dosage must be individually titrated and should be carefully monitored. In the treatment of hypertension, Generic Inderal may be started by administering the drug in 2 equal daily doses of 40 mg. This may be increased, if necessary, in one week, to 80 mg twice daily, before breakfast and at bedtime. If necessary, the drug may be increased to 160 mg twice daily. For most patients the dosage is within the range of 160 to 320 mg daily. A small number of patients may respond to 80 mg daily. Experience to date suggests that in some resistant patients increasing the dosage above 320 mg/day may have an additional effect. Doses above 320 mg/day should be given on a 3 or 4 times daily regimen.
The time course of full blood pressure response is variable. The antihypertensive effect will usually occur within 3 to 7 days after reaching the effective dose. The maximum decrease in blood pressure may occur 2 to 4 weeks after initiation of treatment.
Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis:
If you miss a dose of Generic Inderal:
Generic Inderal Storage instructions:
Keep it in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30ºC.
Do not store Generic Inderal in the bathroom or near a sink. Heat and dampness can destroy Generic Inderal.
Do not leave Generic Inderal in the car on hot days.
Generic Inderal Disposal
Generic Inderal Preparations: Generic Inderal 10 mg, Generic Inderal 40 mg, Generic Inderal 80 mg.
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Inderal|
If Generic Inderal 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 Generic Inderal with the following:
|Special information on Inderal|
Most important fact about Generic Inderal
If you have high blood pressure, you must take Generic Inderal regularly for it to be effective. Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may be several weeks before you get the full benefit of Generic Inderal; and you must continue taking it even if you are feeling well. Generic Inderal does not cure high blood pressure; it merely keeps it under control.
Special Precautions if you are pregnant or breast feeding
Generic Inderal passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Do not take Generic Inderal without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Special Warnings about Generic Inderal
If you have a severe allergic reaction to foods, medicines or insect stings, tell your doctor immediately. If you have a history of allergies, there is a chance that Generic Inderal may cause allergic reactions to be worse and harder to treat.
If you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint when getting out of bed or standing up, get up slowly. You may feel light-headed or dizzy when you begin to take Generic Inderal. Standing up slowly, especially when you get up from bed or chairs, will help your body get used to the change in position and blood pressure. If this problem gets worse or continues, talk to your doctor.
If you plan to have surgery (even at the dentist) that needs a general anaesthetic, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Generic Inderal. Your blood pressure may drop suddenly if Generic Inderal interacts with the anaesthetic.
If you are being treated for diabetes, make sure you check your blood suger level regularly and report any changes to your doctor. Generic Inderal may change how well your diabetes is controlled. It may also cover up some of the symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia).
Generic Inderal may increase the time your body takes to recover from low blood sugar. Your doses of diabetic medicines, including insulin, may need to change.
Tell any doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Generic Inderal.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Generic Inderal affects you. Generic Inderal may cause dizziness, light-headedness, tiredness, or drowsiness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to Generic Inderal before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or light-headed.
Dress warmly during cold weather, especially if you will be outside for a long time (for example when playing winter sports). Generic Inderal, like other beta-blocker medicines, may make you more sensitive to cold temperatures, especially if you have circulation problems
|Inderal side effects|
Why Generic Inderal should not be prescribed?
If you have inadequate blood supply to the circulatory system (cardiogenic shock), certain types of irregular heartbeat, a slow heartbeat, bronchial asthma, or severe congestive heart failure, you should not take Generic Inderal.
Possible Generic Inderal Side effects
Generic Inderal helps most people when taken correctly, but it may have unwanted side-effects in a few people. The side effects may include:
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
Serious side effects are rare.
If any of the following happen, stop taking Generic Inderal and tell your doctor immediately or go to casualty at your nearest hospital.
All of these side effects are very rare.
Generic Inderal Withdrawal Side Effects:
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