Acebutolol

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Generic Name: Acebutolol Brand Name(s): Acebutolol.

Uses

What is acebutolol used for?

Acebutolol is commonly used to treat high blood pressure.

It is used to treat certain types of abnormal heartbeats.

It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

How should I take acebutolol?

Use acebutolol as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Take with or without food.

Keep taking this medicine as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.

Take acebutolol at the same time of day.

To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

How do I store acebutolol?

Acebutolol is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store acebutolol in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of acebutolol that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush acebutolol down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using acebutolol?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of acebutolol or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any of these health problems: Very bad heart failure (weak heart), a heartbeat that is not normal, or a very slow heartbeat.

Do not stop taking acebutolol all of a sudden. If you do, chest pain that is worse and in some cases heart attack may occur. The risk may be greater if you have certain types of heart disease. To avoid side effects, you will want to slowly stop this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Call your doctor right away if you have new or worse chest pain or if other heart problems occur.

Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how acebutolol affects you.

To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing stairs.

Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.

Check blood pressure and heart rate as the doctor has told you. Talk with the doctor.

Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.

This medicine may hide the signs of low blood sugar. Talk with the doctor.

If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.

If you are taking this medicine and have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor before using OTC products that may raise blood pressure. These include cough or cold drugs, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like products, and some natural products or aids.

If you are 65 or older, use acebutolol with care. You could have more side effects.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using acebutolol during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking acebutolol. Acebutolol is pregnancy risk category B, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

 

Side effects

What side effects can occur from acebutolol?

Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out
  • Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs
  • Slow heartbeat
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Feeling tired or weak

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

 

Interactions

What drugs may interact with acebutolol?

Acebutolol may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with acebutolol?

Acebutolol may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with acebutolol?

Acebutolol may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using acebutolol.

 

What is the dose of acebutolol for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Hypertension

Initial dose: 400 mg orally per day in 1 to 2 divided doses

Maintenance dose: 400 to 800 mg orally per day

Usual Adult Dose for Ventricular Arrhythmia

Initial dose: 200 mg orally twice a day

Maintenance dose: 600 to 1200 mg orally per day

What is the dose of acebutolol for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is acebutolol available?

Acebutolol is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of acebutolol, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: September 11, 2017 | Last Modified: September 11, 2017

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