Methyldopa (Aldomet)
What You Need To Know

Brand Name: Aldomet

What is Methyldopa (Aldomet)?

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

methyldopa aldometMethyldopa also known by the brand name Aldomet is an Alpha-2 Receptor Agonist drug that acts by decreasing the activity of the sympathetic (adrenaline-producing) portion of the involuntary nervous system.

Methyldopa (Aldomet) allows your blood vessels (veins and arteries) to relax or become wider and makes your heart beat more slowly.


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

How to use Methyldopa (Aldomet)

  • liquidTake Methyldopa (Aldomet) as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure the liquid with a special dose measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
  • Certain medical tests may give unusual results when using Methyldopa (Aldomet), so consult with your doctor.
  • You may need regular blood pressure and liver tests at your doctors office.
  • You may need to briefly stop using Methyldopa (Aldomet) before having surgery or blood transfusions, so discuss with your surgeon.
  • Methyldopa (Aldomet) should be stored at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
  • If you miss a dose of Methyldopa (Aldomet), take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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

What to know before using Methyldopa (Aldomet):

If you are using any of the medications below, discuss with your doctor before using Methyldopa (Aldomet):

  • ferrous gluconate
  • ferrous sulfate
  • lithium
  • any other blood pressure medications.

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.

If any of the following conditions apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking Methyldopa (Aldomet):

  • allergy to Methyldopa (Aldomet)inositol liver
  • liver disease or liver problems caused by taking Methyldopa (Aldomet)
  • if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days, such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate).A dangerous drug interaction causing serious side effects could occur.
  • kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis)
  • heart disease
  • angina (chest pain)
  • history of heart attack or stroke
  • diabetes
  • pregnant
  • breast feeding

Side effects of Methyldopa (Aldomet):

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

  • fever, shortly after starting to take this medicine
  • Swelling of feet or lower legs
  • Mental depression or anxiety
  • nightmares or unusually vivid dreams
  • Dark or amber urine
  • diarrhea or stomach cramps (severe or continuing)
  • fever, chills, troubled breathing, and fast heartbeat
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness or weakness
  • joint pain
  • pale stools
  • skin rash or itching
  • stomach pain (severe) with nausea and vomiting
  • tiredness or weakness after having taken this medicine for several weeks (continuing)
  • yellow eyes or skin

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Drowsinessdizziness
  • dryness of mouth
  • headache
  • Decreased sexual ability or interest in sex
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
  • nausea or vomiting
  • numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in hands or feet
  • slow heartbeat
  • stuffy nose
  • swelling of breasts or unusual milk production

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Methyldopa (Aldomet) Natural Alternatives:

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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.

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The information provided on this page should not be used to decide whether or not to take Methyldopa (Aldomet) 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 Methyldopa (Aldomet) 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 Methyldopa (Aldomet).

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 Methyldopa (Aldomet).