Nadolol is a drug that belongs to the class of drugs called beta blockers. These types of drugs are used for treating high blood pressure or hypertension, tremor, abnormal heartbeat, chest pain, heart pain, and anxiety. Nodolol works by affecting the normal circulation of blood through the veins and arteries.
Nadolol is prescribed drug for patients who have high blood pressure and suffering from heart pain. This drug works by reducing the heart rate and relaxing the muscles around the blood vessels which greatly helps in reducing blood pressure. Nadolol is being distributed under the brand name Corgard.
Nadolol can be taken with a dosage of 40 to 320mg a day. For treatment of high blood pressure a dosage of 320mg can be safely taken. This drug can be orally taken with a glass full of water with or without food.
Continue using the medication as prescribed by the doctor. You must continue using the medication even if you feel well. It is sometimes required to use the medicine for life.
There are known side effects associated in using Nadolol. Some of these side effects include fatigue, diarrhea, insomnia, abdominal cramps, constipation, nausea, impotence, depression, cold extremities, slow heart rate, sore throat, low blood pressure, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Nadolol may cause patients with asthma and chronic bronchitis to breathe difficultly.
Do not use this drug without proper consultation with a doctor. You must also inform your doctor if you have other health problems like low blood pressure, depression, bronchitis, asthma, diabetes, kidney problem, myasthenia gravis, slow heart rate, and pheochromocytoma. If you have any of these health problems, a dosage adjustment is necessary or you may not be able to take Nadolol.
You must also inform your physician if you are pregnant. Breastfeeding mothers should not use Nadolol with consulting the doctor. Taking this drug while pregnant or breastfeeding may cause risks to the baby.
Using Nadolol as medication for high blood pressure is only part of a complete program. To get the best benefit from the medication, you must also maintain your proper diet, regular exercise, and weight loss program. It is also best to avoid alcoholic drinks and smoking while under medication because it only increases dizziness and drowsiness.
If you need to undergo any surgery, you must inform your doctor that you are using Nadolol. Your doctor may advise that you stop taking the drug temporarily. This is to avoid complications with the surgery.
Using Nadolol may affect the normal alertness of the mind and body. Because of this effect, you must avoid driving or doing activities that require normal alertness. Patients being treated with diabetes should be monitored because Nadolol may hamper symptoms of low blood sugar.
This drug is prescribed for a specific treatment and should not be used by anyone without consulting a doctor. When not in use, it is important to put it in a safe place to avoid accidental use especially by children.
Nadolol has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of nadolol is C17H27NO4
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 5-(2-hydroxy-3-tert-butylamino-propoxy)tetralin-2,3-diol
• Molecular weight is 309.401 g/mol
• Nadolol available : 20mg tablets, 40mg tablets and 80mg tablets
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