Labetalol is a drug that is used for treatment of high blood pressure which was first approved in year 1997 by FDA. It belongs to a group of medicine called Beta-blockers. Labetalol reduces the workload on the heart and helps it beat regularly. Labetalol blocks the receptors of the adrenergic systems which results in relaxation of arterial muscles and expand arteries causing fall in blood pressure. Labetalol is usually the drug of choice for the treatment of hypertension in pregnant females but should be done so only under the consultation of a doctor.
Do not take Labetalol if you
- Have Heart block
- Have Cardiogenic shock
- Have Obstructive airway disease
- Have bronchial asthma
- Have Heart failure
Things to Tell Your Doctor. If you
Have history of heart attack, heart disease or heart failure
Have kidney, lung, thyroid or liver disease
Have an allergy to labetalol or other beta-blockers
What to do if you missed a dose ?
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Most common side effects ?
- Abdominal pain
- Scalp tingling