What You Should Know
Brand Name: Visken
What is Pindolol (Visken)?
The Information about Pindolol (Visken) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from drugs.com and simplified for the average consumer.
Pindolol also known by the brand name Visken, 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 Pindolol (Visken):
- Use as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
- You may need regular blood pressure tests at your doctors office.
- You may need to briefly stop using Pindolol (Visken) before having surgery, so discuss with your surgeon.
- Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
- If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If your next dose is less than 4 hours away, skip the missed dose and take Pindolol (Visken) at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
- Do not skip doses or stop taking it 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 Pindolol (Visken).
What to know before using Pindolol (Visken):
- digoxin (digitalis, Lanoxin)
- oral insulin or diabetes medication
- thioridazine (Mellaril)
- heart medications such as reserpine (Serpasil);
- cold medicines
- stimulant medicines
- diet pills
- medicine for asthma or other breathing disorders, such as albuterol (Ventolin, Proventil), bitolterol (Tornalate), metaproterenol (Alupent), pirbuterol (Maxair), terbutaline (Brethaire, Brethine, Bricanyl), theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theolair), and others.
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with Pindolol (Visken). Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
If any of the following conditions apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking Pindolol (Visken):
- Allergy to Pindolol (Visken)
- certain heart conditions, especially second or third degree heart block
- heart failure
- severe slow heart rate
- bronchitis or emphysema
- sick sinus syndrome
- slow heart rate
- congestive heart failure
- coronary artery disease
- low blood pressure
- liver or kidney disease
- thyroid disorder
Side effects of Pindolol (Visken):
If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking Pindolol (Visken), get emergency help immediately:
Symptoms of overdose
- Blurred vision
- pounding in the ears
- slow heartbeat
Stop using Pindolol (Visken) and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- Swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
- Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
- chest pain
- difficult or labored breathing
- shortness of breath
- tightness in chest
- Decreased urine output
- dilated neck veins
- extreme fatigue
- fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
- irregular breathing
- seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
- troubled breathing
- weight gain
Less serious side effects may include:
- Joint pain
- muscle pain
- trouble sleeping
- unable to sleep
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Itching skin
- muscle cramps
- stomach soreness or discomfort
- unusual dreams
The information about Pindolol (Visken) comes from drugs.com
Pindolol (Visken) Natural Alternatives:
If you are taking Pindolol (Visken) 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 Pindolol (Visken) 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 Pindolol (Visken) 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 Pindolol (Visken).
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 Pindolol (Visken).