Acebutolol (Sectral) –
What You Should Know

Brand Name: Sectral

What is Acebutolol (Sectral)?

The Information about Acebutolol (Sectral) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from and simplified for the average consumer.

acebutolol sectralAcebutolol also known by the brand name Sectral is a beta blocker. Beta Blockers also known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents work by blocking the effects of the hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline.

When you take beta blockers, the heart beats more slowly and with less force, thereby reducing blood pressure. Beta blockers also help blood vessels open up to improve blood flow.

There are drug free alternatives to lowering your blood pressure that may be effective for you. Read about them here.

How to use Acebutolol (Sectral):

  • medicationUse¬†Acebutolol (Sectral) as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • Take it at the same time every day with a full glass of water.
  • You may need regular blood pressure tests at your doctors office.
  • You may need to briefly stop using Acebutolol (Sectral) before having surgery, so discuss with your surgeon.
  • Store Acebutolol (Sectral) at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
  • If you miss a dose of Acebutolol (Sectral), take it as soon as you remember. If your next dose is less than 4 hours away, skip the missed dose and take it at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose. Do not skip doses or stop taking Acebutolol (Sectral) without first talking to your doctor. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Acebutolol (Sectral).

What to know before using Acebutolol (Sectral):

If any of the following apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking Acebutolol (Sectral):

  • asthmacongestive heart failure
  • bronchitis
  • emphysema
  • diabetes
  • low blood pressure
  • a heart problem such as heart block, sick sinus syndrome, slow heart rate, or congestive heart failure
  • depression
  • liver or kidney disease
  • a thyroid disorder
  • myasthenia gravis
  • pheochromocytoma
  • problems with circulation (such as Raynaud’s syndrome)
  • pregnant
  • breast feeding

Side effects of Acebutolol (Sectral):

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these symptoms of overdose or allergy occur:

Symptoms of overdose

  • Anxiety
  • blurred vision
  • chest discomfort
  • chills
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • cool, pale skin
  • cough
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • dilated neck veins
  • dizziness, faintness, or light headed when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • extreme fatigue
  • headache
  • increased hunger
  • irregular breathing
  • loss of bladder control
  • muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • nightmares
  • noisy breathing
  • pain in the shoulders, back, neck, or jaw
  • shakiness
  • slow, fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • slurred speech
  • sudden loss of consciousness
  • sweating
  • troubled breathing
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weight gain

Stop using Acebutolol (Sectral) and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • Changes in visioncoronary heart disease
  • chest pain
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling of face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • tightness in chest
  • wheezing

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • bloated
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • difficulty in moving
  • discouragement
  • excess air or gas in stomach or intestines
  • feeling sad or empty
  • full feeling
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • irritability
  • lack of appetite
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • muscle aching or cramping
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • pain in joints
  • passing gas
  • problems in urination or increase in amount of urine
  • rash
  • sleeplessness
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • swollen joints
  • tiredness
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble sleeping
  • unable to sleep
  • unusual dreams

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Acebutolol (Sectral) Natural Alternatives:

tikvawithdrinkIf you are taking Acebutolol (Sectral) or other beta blocker medications, the various ingredients  in Tikva have been proven through either clinical trials or other research to lower your blood pressure naturally by dilating (widening) the arteries. Tikva does not act as a beta blocker, as it does not slow down your heart.

Several of the ingredients in Tikva can also increase circulation, dissolve plaque that is already in the arteries and reduce new plaque from forming. In addition, there are ingredients in Tikva to help reduce stress that often increases blood pressure without all of the side effects.
Read more about the natural ingredients in Tikva on our research and ingredients page, by clicking here.


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The information provided on this page should not be used to decide whether or not to take Acebutolol (Sectral) or any other medicine. Consult your doctor to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition.

This information about Acebutolol (Sectral) is a brief summary and does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Acebutolol (Sectral).

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must speak with your doctor for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Acebutolol (Sectral).