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What is Apresoline prescribed for?
Apresoline is prescribed for individuals that suffer from high blood pressure. This is when the force of your blood is pushing against the walls of the blood vessels, which causes your blood pressure rise, and remain at a high point. Apresoline helps your blood flow at a more steady and calm pace.
How does Apresoline work?
Apresoline is a vasodilator that works by relaxing the muscles in your blood vessels, to help them to widen. Allowing the blood to flow more easily through your veins. This in turn, lowers your blood pressure. Lowering ones blood pressure also helps to prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.
Take this medication by mouth, with or without food. Usually 2 to 4 times daily or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition. Due note, that your doctor may start you on a lower dose to gradually increase it in time. Use this medication regularly to gain it’s full benefits. Do keep in mind that it may take several weeks before you start feeling the full effects and gain the full benefits of the medication.
Before taking Apresoline (Hydralazine) notify your doctor if you are allergic to it, or have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause an allergic reaction or other problems.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor of your medical history, especially of any; Heart problems (such as coronary artery disease, recent heart attacks, rheumatic heart disease of the mitral valve), blood vessel problems, kidney problems and any previous strokes.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication, such as dizziness, which can increase the risk of falling.
This medication can be used during pregnancy, but when clearly needed. Please discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Due note, that this medication passes into breast milk, but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
These side effects may occur as your body adjusts to the medication, however notify your doctor at once if the effects last long, or get worse. These side effects are; Headache, pounding/fast heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or dizziness. To reduce the risk of dizziness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
If you have any of these serious side effects, please contact your doctor right away. These side effects are as follows; severe tiredness, aching/swollen joints, rash on nose and cheeks, swollen glands, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine, bloody or pink urine), signs of infection (such as fever, chills, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding.
Get help right away if you are having these very serious side effects, which include; chest/jaw/left arm pain.
Due note, that a serious allergic reaction to this drug is very rare. However, it is best to get medical attention if you notice any symptoms of any allergic reaction. Which includes; rash, itching/swelling (especially on the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, and trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stopping taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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