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Medication To Treat and Manage Mild to Moderate Hypertension

Acebutolol is a prescription medication. It is prescribed to treat and manage mild to moderate high blood pressure or hypertension. It is also prescribed to treat angina pectoris or chest pain and irregular heartbeat known as premature ventricular contraction or PVC’s.

Acebutolol is often used along with medications that work in different ways to reduce the demand put on the heart. It is available in different forms. It belongs to the group of drug called beta-blockers. It works by blocking certain beta blockers in the heart and blood vessels from being activated by hormones like adrenaline. Stopping the activation of the hormone helps relaxes the blood vessels and heart. This widens the blood vessels allowing the blood to flow freely into the heart.

High blood pressure happens when the blood vessels are tightened. This causes the heart to pump hard in order to supply the body with enough oxygen. When high blood pressure is not treated, it can cause damage to the heart, brain, blood vessels and other parts of the body.

How to use Acebutolol?

Acebutolol comes in a capsule form that you need to take by mouth. The usual starting dose for an adult for the treatment of high blood pressure is 100mg twice a day. The doctor may gradually increase the dose after a week of medication to a maximum of 400mg twice a day.

For the treatment of angina symptoms, the dose is 200mg twice a day to 300mg twice a day. The total daily dose should not exceed 800mg a day. Take Acebutolol exactly as prescribed. Do not take more than what is recommended. This medication is used for long-term treatment. Do not stop taking this medicine unless directed by your physician. Stopping the treatment all of a sudden may increase your risk from having a heart attack and other heart problems.

What are the side effects of Acebutolol?

Some of the side effects of Acebutolol are:

  • Dizziness
  • a slower than normal heart rate
  • tiredness
  • constipation
  • headache
  • diarrhea
  • muscle aches or pains
  • upset stomach (indigestion)

Serious side effects are:

  • Poor blood circulation
  • Very low blood pressure
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Pain when urinating
  • Depression
  • Signs of liver damage such as tiredness, loss of appetite and nausea

Important Information

  • Do not take this medication if you:
    • Severely slow heart rate
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Allergic to Acebutolol
    • Have severe circulatory disorders of the limbs
    • In cardiogenic shock
  • Patients with breathing problems, kidney disease and low blood sugar level should use this drug with caution.
  • Acebutolol may interact with other drugs. Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications.

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