Labetalol review

Labetalol is used, whether by itself or with other medications, to treat high blood pressure. It is considered as both an alpha and beta blocker which means it blocks the effects of certain chemicals like adrenaline to reach the blood vessels and the heart. With this mechanism of action, the heart then lowers its heartbeat and so does the blood pressure.

Labetalol is also given to those who are predisposed to having strokes, heart attacks or people who have kidney problems. This is due to the facts that hypertension can worsen these 3 cases and that the medicine Labetalol can control high blood pressure.

Often times, Labetalol is given together with other hypertension drugs to make the treatment more effective. Usually doctors will also prescribe loop diuretics such as Lasix or thiazide diuretics such as HydroDIURIL.

Labetalol is taken per orem or through the mouth. Usually it is taken twice a day but it will also depend on your physician. This medicine can be taken in with or without food. The dosage of Labetalol will depend on the patient’s age, current medical condition and reaction to the drug. People who have serious kidney problem may need to have their dosage of Labetalol adjusted. To assess for the patient’s reaction to the drug, doctors may prescribe small dosages at first and gradually increase it.

Labetalol must be taken religiously according to the doctor’s directions for it to be effective. Do not stop taking the drug on the right schedule even if you do not feel sick anymore. The drug will take only full effect after regularly taking it for several months.

If you think that the drug Labetalol is not taking effect on you or is worsening your condition, you should inform the doctor right away.

Before taking in Labetalol, you need to inform your physician whether you are allergic to beta blocker. It will also be good to mention any other substances that may cause you to have an allergic reaction.

There are also certain medical conditions that are contraindicated for Labetalol. Included are sinus bradycardia, second and third degree atrioventricular block, severe heart failure, cardiogenic shock, and bronchial asthma.

Labetalol can make you dizzy and lightheaded. It would be better to stay away from doing activities that require alertness such as driving or crossing the street. This is to avoid any accidents.

Taking Labetalol may cause several adverse reactions. Lightheadedness, dizziness, trouble sleeping, tiredness, nausea, stuffy nose, diarrhea, stomach upset, and vomiting can happen to anyone who is taking the drug. These can be reactions of the body though while it is still adjusting to the effects of Labetalol.

However, Labetalol may cause more serious adverse reactions to the body some of which include slow heartbeat, fainting, memory loss, changes in vision, confusion, increased thirst, muscle pain, joint pain and shakiness. If you experience any of these side effects, it is very important to report it your physician as soon as possible. This way, if there are any problems, they can be detected early and fixed right away.

Labetalol has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of labetalol

• Molecular formula of labetalol is C19H24N2O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-hydroxy-5-[1-hydroxy-2-(4-phenylbutan-2-ylamino)ethyl]benzamide
• Molecular weight is 328.4055 g/mol
Labetalol available : 100mg tablets, 200mg tablets, 300mg tablets

Brand name(s): Albetol, Ibidomide, Labetalolum, Labetolol, Normodyne, Presdate, Trandate

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