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Sectral for high blood pressure?

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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 taken? 

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. 

Storage instructions... 

Sectral should 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)

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