Betachron ER: Side Effects, Overdose and Pregnancy Information
Betachron ER is a type of drug known as a Beta-blocker.
Beta-blockers such as Betachron ER are used to treat hypertension,
migraine headaches, glaucoma, anxiety, and various other disorders. There
are two main types of beta-receptors: β1
mainly in the heart, and β2
-receptors located in other parts of
the body. Most beta-blockers affect both type 1 and type 2 receptors; they
block these receptors resulting in lowering the blood pressure and have
calming effect and therefore are also prescribed for anxiety and migraine
headaches. Betachron ER should not be given to patients with asthma or any
Betachron ER does not cure high blood pressure; it simply keeps
it under control by blocking nerve impulses, which slows the heart rate.
Betachron ER must not be stopped abruptly. That could cause heart
attack, stroke or even death. Prescribed dose should be reduced
Betachron ER should be taken regularly for it to be
effective. It may be several weeks before you get the full benefit
of Betachron ER.
BETACHRON ER SIDE EFFECTS
Common side effects of Betachron ER include impotence, general
fatigue, dizziness, loss of libido, and nausea.
Rare side effects of Betachron ER may include
constipation,depression, diarrhea, dizziness upon standing up,
drowsiness, light-headedness, tiredness, vertigo, and wheezing.
Betachron ER Caution
Talk to your physician if you have asthma, seasonal allergies,
other bronchial condition, heart problems, kidney disease, liver disease,
low blood pressure.
Do not miss any doses. If you miss a dose, take the dose as soon as
possible. However, if it is almost time of your next scheduled dose, skip
the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2
doses at the same time.
As with any drug, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or
Betachron ER interactions
Tell your physician about any medicine or herbs you are taking.
Following drugs interacts with Betachron ER:
Ampicillin and other antibiotics may interfere in the
effectiveness of Betachron ER.
Aspirin or aspirin
Blood pressure drugs
Other diabetes drugs
such as Quinidine
Betachron ER Doses
Betachron ER should be taken without food.
High Blood Pressure:
The usual starting dose
range from 80-240mg, divided into 2 doses a day.
80-320 mg a day, divided into 2-4 doses.
80-240mg divided in several doses.
The safety and effectiveness of Betachron ER
has not been established in children.
Your doctor will determine the dosage.
Betachron ER Overdose
Symptoms of Betachron ER overdose may include congestive
heart failure, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, slow heartbeat, short
breath, sluggishness, weakness and seizures.
In case of Betachron ER overdose, seek medical attention right
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