Apresoline (hydralazine)- What You Should Know
Brand Names: Apresoline
Generic Name: hydralazine
What is Apresoline (hydralazine)?
The Information about Apresoline (hydralazine) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from drugs.com and simplified for the average consumer.
Vasodilators open or widen your blood vessels. They work directly on the muscles in the walls of your arteries, preventing the muscles from tightening and the walls from narrowing.
This lowers your blood pressure and allows your blood to flow more easily through your veins and arteries.
There are drug free alternatives to lowering your blood pressure that may be effective for you. Read about them here.
How to use Apresoline (hydralazine)
- Take as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
- You may need to have your blood tested frequently at your doctors to make sure your dosage is correct.
- Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture and light.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. If it is close to the time that you should take your next dose, skip it and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double your dose.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Apresoline (hydralazine).
What to know before using Apresoline (hydralazine):
If you are using any of the medications below, discuss with your doctor before using Apresoline (hydralazine):
- Diazoxide (Hyperstat, Proglycem)
- MAO inhibitors such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate).
This may not be a complete list. Tell your doctor about all medications you use, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Do not take Apresoline (hydralazine) if you:
- are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- have coronary artery disease
- have rheumatic heart disease affecting your mitral valve.
If any of the following conditions apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking or changing your dosage of Apresoline (hydralazine):
- kidney disease
- angina pectoris (chest pain)
- if you have ever had a stroke
Side effects of Apresoline (hydralazine):
If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking Apresoline (hydralazine), get emergency help immediately:
Symptoms of overdose:
- Feeling of warmth
- redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
Stop using Apresoline (hydralazine) and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- difficulty with moving
- feeling anxious or depressed
- muscle cramps, pain, or stiffness
- pain in the joints
- rash, hives, welts, or itching
- stuffy nose
- watery eyes
The information about Apresoline (hydralazine) comes from drugs.com
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