Pindolol

Description

Pindolol is used in the treatment of high blood pressure. Patients are advised to follow a strict exercise and diet regimen along with this medicine to get the best possible effect. This medicine is not recommended for use in children.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Pindolol

  • Swelling of face, fingers and feet.
  • Burning sensation
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Decreased urine output
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Stomach pain

Uses of Pindolol

What is it prescribed for?

  • Hypertension
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is approximately 24 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of a very low blood pressure. This may cause symptoms such as dizziness, drowsiness, headache, fainting, irregular heartbeat, etc. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you consume alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is recommended for use in pregnant women only if necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is recommended for use in breastfeeding women only if necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Bronchial asthma

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of bronchial asthma due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Cardiac failure

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of cardiac failure due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Bradycardia

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of severe bradycardia due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is recommended for use in pregnant women only if necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is recommended for use in breastfeeding women only if necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Drug discontinuation

Sudden withdrawal of the medicine is not recommended because it may cause life-threatening reactions such as a heart attack. The dosage of the medicine should be gradually reduced over 1 to 2 weeks and the patient should be closely monitored for any adverse effects.

Surgery

This medicine may increase the risks of general anesthesia and surgical procedures. Hence, it is recommended that therapy with this medicine should be gradually withdrawn several days prior to the surgery. In the case of an emergency surgery, the anesthesiologist should be informed that the patient is on Pindolol therapy.

Thyrotoxcosis

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of thyrotoxicosis due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. This risk is especially higher if the medicine is withdrawn abruptly.

Renal impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a known history of renal impairment due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Appropriate dose adjustments may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of Pindolol, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of a very low blood pressure. This may cause symptoms such as dizziness, drowsiness, headache, fainting, irregular heartbeat, etc. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you consume alcohol while taking this medicine.
Interaction with Medicine

Baclofen

Diltiazem

Digoxin

Salmeterol

Methyldopa

Disease interactions

Diabetes

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a known history of diabetes due to the increased risk of a very low blood sugar. Close monitoring of blood sugar is recommended for such patients. Appropriate dose adjustments may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Peripheral Vascular Disease

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a known history of peripheral vascular diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of such patients is necessary during treatment with this medicine. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Liver Disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a known history of liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe side effects. Appropropriate dose adjustments should be done based on the clinical condition of the patient.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Pindolol may be taken with or without food. Do not take in larger amounts than advised. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by relaxing the blood vessels and reducing the heart rate. This allows the blood to flow smoothly and decreases the blood pressure.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Non-cardioselective beta blockers

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=611be921-e9b6-4800-80b2-c2d4f677cdb2

Pindolol - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 10 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00960

Pindolol: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 10 August 2017]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a684032.html

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 10 August 2017]. Available from:

http://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

Toxicology data network [Internet]. Toxnet.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 10 August 2017]. Available from:

https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2

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Information on this page was last updated on 15 Aug 2017

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