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Quick guide to Labetalol Injection
Brand Name(s): Normodyne Injection, Trandate Injection
Generic Name Labetalol Injection
What is labetalol injection?
LABETALOL (Normodyne®, Trandate®) belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. Labetalol controls, but does not cure, high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure may not make you feel sick, but it can lead to serious heart problems. Generic labetalol injection is available.
What should my health care professional know before I receive labetalol?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
How should I use this medicine?
Labetalol is for injection or infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health-care professional in a hosptial or clinic setting.
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply. Labetalol injection is only for short-term use and will be administered as long as is necessary.
What drug(s) may interact with labetalol?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from receiving labetalol?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What should I watch for while taking labetalol?
After your blood pressure and heart rate have been steadied with this medicine, your prescriber or health care professional may want you to take medicine by mouth. Regular checks on your heart rate and blood pressure are necessary.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. To reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly. Alcohol can make you more drowsy, and increase flushing and rapid heartbeats. Therefore, it is best to avoid alcoholic drinks.
Labetalol can affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your prescriber or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 2 and 30 °C (36 and 86 °F); do not freeze. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)