Sectral for high blood pressure?
Generic name: Acebutolol hydrochloride
Is Sectral prescribed for high blood pressure?
Sectral is from
the chemical family referred to as beta blockers, which are used in
the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms and high blood pressure. When
it is prescribed for high blood pressure, it has been found to be
helpful alone or when used in addition to other high blood pressure
medications, particularly with Thiazide-type diuretics. Beta-blockers
are known to decrease the force and rate of heart contractions, thus
reducing pressure within the circulatory system.
Important information about this high blood pressure medication:
When given for
high blood pressure you need to take Sectral on a regular routine
basis in order for it to be effective. Blood pressure declines
gradually, so it may be several weeks before you get the full benefit
of this high blood pressure medication. You must continue taking it
even if you begin to feel better. Sectral does not cure high blood
pressure, but is only used to keep it under control.
How is this high blood pressure medication
Sectral can be
taken with or without food, and should be taken exactly as prescribed
even if your symptoms begin to disappear. You should not miss a dose,
and you need to recognize that if it is not taken regularly your
condition may actually worsen.
If you miss a dose...
You should take
the forgotten dose as soon as you think about it. If it is within
four hours of the next scheduled dose, you should skip the one that
you missed and go back to your regular schedule. You should never take
two doses at one time.
always be stored at room temperature. You should keep the container
lightly closed and protect it from the light.
When should this high blood pressure medication not be prescribed?
If you have ever
had heart failure, or an inadequate blood supply to the circulatory
system (cardiogenic shock), heart block (a specific form of irregular
heartbeat), or a severely slow heartbeat, you should not take this
high blood pressure medication.
Some information from The PDR Pocket
Guide to Prescription Drugs
Additional information and webpage by
Paul Susic M.A. Licensed
Psychologist Ph.D Candidate (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)