Corgard (Nadolol)

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What is Corgard (Nadolol) prescribed for?

This medication is used as a treatment for high blood pressure, and to prevent chest pain. By taking this medication to lower ones high blood pressure, it will lower the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and kidney problems. In managing chest pains, this medication may help to reduce the frequency of the chest pain episodes.

 

How does Corgard (Nadolol) work?

This medication works by blocking the action of a certain natural substance in your body, such as epinephrine, on the heart and the blood vessels.  In effect, this lowers your heart rate, blood pressure, and overall strain on your heart. 

Take this medication by mouth, with or without food. And usually taken once daily, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.  Keep in mind that your dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. Do not take this medication longer then prescribed, keep to the directions your doctor has given you. Remember to take this medication regularly to gain the full benefit of the medicine.

Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to Nadolol; or to other beta blockers (e.g., atenolol, propranolol); or if you have any other allergies in general.

Before using this medication it is always best to go over your medical history with your doctor, especially if you have had the following; certain types of heart rhythm problems (such as a slow heartbeat, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block), blood circulation problems (such as Raynaud's disease, peripheral vascular disease), breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), heart failure, kidney disease, mental/mood disorders (such as depression), a certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis), skin conditions (such as atopy, psoriasis), overactive thyroid disease (hyperthyroidism), a certain type of tumor (pheochromocytoma).

This medication may make you dizzy, drowsy, and can cause yu to faint.  This is likely to occur within 1 hour after taking the medication. Mostly when you have just started the treatment, or when your doctor may increase your dose.

If you have diabetes, this product may mask the fast/pounding heartbeat you would usually feel when your blood sugar falls too low (hypoglycemia). Other symptoms of low blood sugar, such as dizziness and sweating, are unaffected by this drug. This product may also make it harder to control your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.

Dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, and cough may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.

This drug may reduce blood flow to your hands and feet, causing them to feel cold. Smoking may worsen this effect. Dress warmly and avoid tobacco use.

There is some serious side effects to this medication, and if you are encountering any of them, notify your doctor right away. These side effects are listed below; bluish color of the fingers/toes/nails, hair loss (reversible), mental/mood changes (e.g., depression, confusion, memory problems), numbness/tingling, decreased sexual ability, vision changes, wheezing, new or worsening symptoms of heart failure (such as shortness of breath, swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, unusual/sudden weight gain).

And seek medical attention right away if you are suffering from the following; slow/irregular/fast heartbeat, severe dizziness/fainting.

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 stop 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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