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Trandate is an oral tablet made up of a non cardioselective beta blocker called labetalol. We carry the brand choice Trandate, as well as its generic alternative. You can purchase either the brand or generic in 100mg or 200mg!
Trandate, or labetalol, is used for the treatment of hypertension. Hypertension is a condition that is very straining on the heart, and can cause complications such as strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. When blood vessels are narrow, it causes the blood to apply excessive pressure against the walls of the vessels, which is what causes high blood pressure (hypertension). Having excess fluid in the body can also cause high blood pressure, which can be a result of sodium. In some cases, due to tumors or other abnormalities, the adrenal glands may produce excess amounts of a hormone (aldosterone) which raises sodium levels in the blood, increasing fluid in the body, and increasing blood pressure levels. Sometimes, this medication is used with other medications that control blood pressure.
Trandate (labetalol) is effective at treating high blood pressure (hypertension) by improving blood flow because of its power to block the actions of the chemicals in the body that cause the increase in blood pressure.
Ensure you follow all directions found on your prescription label. Do not take more or less of a dose than your doctor has prescribed to you; only use this product for the duration your doctor has directed. Your blood pressure will need to be check throughout treatment. If you have diabetes, you should also have your blood sugar levels checked often. Certain urine tests may present false results if taken during the time of treatment with Trandate; tell laboratory staff that you use Trandate.
Take Trandate by mouth, with a full glass of water, twice a day; or as directed by your doctor. You may take the tablet with food, but ensure you take it the same way each time.
Do not use Trandate (labetalol)
Do not use Trandate if you have asthma, very low blood pressure, a serious heart condition (such as AV block – 2nd or 3rd degree, or uncontrolled heart failure), or an allergy to labetalol.
Trandate is not approved for use in those under the age of 18.
Dose adjustment or special pre-cautions
To determine your dose, it is important to tell your doctor if you have ever had congestive heart failure, angina, liver disease, emphysema, chronic bronchitis (or other breathing problems), pheochromocytoma, diabetes, coronary artery bypass surgery, kidney disease, or allergies.
This medication can affect your pupils; this is important to know if you are having cataract surgery; tell your surgeon that you are taking Trandate.
It is not known if this medication will cause harm to an unborn baby. However, this medication can cause low blood pressure, low blood sugar, slow heartbeats, and/or breathing problems in a newborn if used during pregnant. Those who are pregnant should tell your doctor before starting treatment.
Breast milk may not be safe for infants if the mother is using Trandate. Ask your doctor about the risks.
Common side effects of Trandate (labetalol) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Trandate (labetalol) may include:
liver problems: loss of appetite, stomach pain (upper right side), flu-like symptoms, itching, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
If you have any of the above side effects or signs of complications, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
What are some other medications that may interact with Trandate?
Other medications that may interact with Trandate include heart medication, insulin or oral diabetes medicine, antidepressants, bronchodilators, cimetidine, aminophylline, and theophylline.
This is not a complete list of drugs that interact with Trandate (labetalol). Consult your doctor to inquire more information about which drugs interact with this one.
What are some things I should avoid while being treated with Trandate?
Trandate can impair your reactions; therefore, until you clearly understand how this medication affects you, you should avoid driving or participating in other hazardous activities that require you to be fully alert. You should also limit – or ideally, avoid- alcohol consumption; alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase side effects. One side effect includes becoming dizzy if you stand up too quickly; get up slowly from sitting or lying positions.
What may be a result of suddenly stopping this medication?
You should never stop taking a medication without consulting your doctor because a lot of different (negative) results can occur. In the case of Trandate, stopping this medication early may worsen your condition.
What is the average dose for an adult with high blood pressure?
An adult with high blood pressure is usually recommended to take an initial dose of 100mg twice per day (200mg/day). Every 2-3 days you may increase the dose by 100mg which may look like; 200mg taken twice per day for a total of 400mg per day; 300mg taken twice per day for a total of 600mg per day; or 400mg taken twice per day for a total of 800mg per day. Some may even require 1200mg-2400mg in total per day, but the maximum dose should not exceed more than that.
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