Kerlone review

Kerlone can be generically prescribed as betaxolol. It is part of the family of drugs known as beta blockers and used primarily to treat hypertension. Beta blockers influence the way the heart pumps the blood through the various blood vessels and the resistance the blood meets throughout the body.

Patients using this medication who are scheduled for a surgical procedure may need to stop taking Kerlone for a period of time. This medication may also affect the patient’s ability to respond or to act quickly, thus driving a car or operating machinery should be done with extreme care. Since hypertension is devoid of symptoms, patients should not stop taking this medication without the advice of a physician.

Not all patients will be able to take Kerlone. Medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, myasthenia gravis, depression, low blood pressure, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, diabetes, heart problems, liver disease, circulation problems, kidney disease, and pheochromocytoma can complicate the possible effects of this medication.

The American Food and Drug Administration has rated this medicine as a category C pregnancy risk, which means there is a chance of harming a developing fetus when taken by pregnant women. Kerlone is excreted through the mother’s breast milk and is likely to affect a nursing baby. Women who are nursing, pregnant, or likely to become pregnant should not take this medication.

If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible unless the next dose is less than 8 hours from that time. In that case, the missed dose should be skipped. Taking extra doses to make up for missed medication may result in an overdose.

In the event an overdose is suspected, the patient should seek immediate emergency medical attention. Symptoms of an overdose are likely to include blue fingernails, dizziness, weakness, shortness of breath, fainting, seizures, coma, or death.

Some patients are likely to experience side effects. Side effects will vary in severity and some may require urgent medical attention. Severe side effects and allergic reactions (facial swelling, swelling of the tongue or throat, hives, respiratory distress) require medical attention promptly. Urgent side effects include depression, respiratory distress, slow and uneven heart rate, light headedness, fainting, cold extremities, swelling of the ankles and feet, and nausea accompanied by low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, and jaundice.

Less serious side effects generally require no medical attention. They should simply be reported to the physician for dose adjustment purposes. These side effects include anxiety, tiredness, nervousness, insomnia and related sleep problems, and sexual dysfunction.

A thorough medical evaluation is necessary before prescribing Kerlone to any patient. Not all medications are safe to take together with Kerlone. Patients should always consult with their prescribing physician before taking any type of new medication. This refers to over the counter medications, prescription medications, and herbal and vitamin supplements. Medications with a known tendency to interact with Kerlone include diabetes medications (injected and ingested) heart medications, asthma medications, cold medication, allergy treatments, clonodine, guanabenz, MOA inhibitors, diet pills, and medication and supplements that are considered stimulants.

Patients should be urged to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. The combination of Kerlone with alcohol can result in an inability to react, the think clearly, and to drive a car, even when well below the legal limit for alcohol consumption.

Kerlone has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of kerlone

• Molecular formula of kerlone is C18H29NO3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 1-[4-[2-(cyclopropylmethoxy)ethyl]phenoxy]-3-(1-methylethylamino)propan-2-ol
• Molecular weight is 307.428 g/mol
Kerlone available : 10mg tablets

Generic name: Betaxolol

Brand name(s): Betaxololum, Betaxon, Betoptic

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