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.

Apresoline hydralazineHydralazine also known by the brand names Apresoline  is a vasodilator.

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)

  • taking pillTake 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):

  • medicationDiazoxide (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
  • pomegranate plaquehave 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
  • lupus
  • 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
  • headache
  • 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:

  • Arm, back, or jaw pain
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chest tightness or heaviness
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • nausea
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
  • Black, tarry stools
  • blindness or vision changes
  • blisters on the skin
  • blurred vision
  • burning of the face or mouth
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, painful, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
  • chills
  • clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • confusion
  • cough
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • fever and sore throat
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness or weakness
  • joint pain
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle pain
  • numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in the hands or feet
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pale skin
  • shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  • skin rash or itching
  • swelling of the feet or lower legs
  • swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin
  • tightness in the chest
  • trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
  • ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weakness in hands or feet

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dizzinessDiarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • Constipation
  • difficulty with moving
  • dizziness
  • 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

Apresoline (hydralazine) Natural Alternatives:

Tikva with chocolatedrinkIf you are taking Apresoline (hydralazine) or other vasodilators, the various ingredients  in Tikva have been proven through either clinical trials  to lower your blood pressure naturally by dilating (widening) the arteries. Tikva has several natural ingredients that help to widen the arteries, so they do not become too narrow. Rather than just slowing down your heart rate and making you tired.

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 by clicking here.

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