Where is Acebutolol used?
Acebutolol is a medication used to treat arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and high blood pressure. Irregular heartbeats can be serious and may sometimes even lead to a heart attack.
This is also prescribed for the treatment of chest pain associated with coronary artery disease. Acebutolol belongs to the class of medicines known as beta-blockers. It blocks the beta receptors that are found in various parts of the body including the heart. By blocking, it prevents the action of two hormones that are produced naturally by the body. These hormones are sometimes referred to as ‘fight or flight’ chemicals. They are responsible for the body’s reaction to stressful situations. This effect lowers blood pressure and heart rate.
How does Acebutolol work?
Acebutolol works by blocking the beta receptors that are found in the heart. This lessens the action of noradrenaline and adrenaline on the heart. It causes to beat more slowly and with less force. This lessens the pressure at which the blood is pumped out of the heart and around the body. It helps to reduce blood pressure. This medication also works in the management of angina. It is chest pain that occurs because the heart does not get enough oxygen to meet the demand. This helps to prevent an angina attack.
How is Acebutolol taken?
Acebutolol is a medicine to be taken by mouth. Each dose of this medicine can be taken either with or without food. This is usually taken twice a day. The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the medicine.
For the treatment of high blood pressure, it may take several weeks before you get the full benefit of this medication. Even if you feel well, keep taking this medication. If your condition gets worse, call your doctor right away.
What are the precautions in taking Acebutolol?
- Acebutolol may cause dizziness and fatigue. You must take care when performing potentially dangerous activities such as operating machinery or driving until you know how this drug affects you. Make sure that you can perform such activities safely.
- If you go to the dentist or into the hospital to have an operation you need to tell the doctor that you are taking this medicine. Your blood pressure may fall too low if you are given certain types of anesthetics while taking Acebutolol.
- Let your doctor know if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this drug or if you have any allergies. Call for emergency medical help if you have symptoms of an allergic reaction such as hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of your face, tongue, or throat
Use this medicine carefully in:
- Elderly people
- People with moderate to severely decreased kidney function, Slowed conduction of electrical messages between the chambers of the heart, COPD, variant angina, or Psoriasis
- People with a history of heart failure or a weak heart, asthma, allergies, or hypoglycemia
- People with the overactive thyroid gland, poor blood circulation in the arteries of the extremities, diabetes, or myasthenia gravis
This medicine is not recommended for use in:
- People with uncontrolled heart failure, a serious defect in the heart’s electrical message pathways, a very slow heart rate, sick sinus syndrome, cardiogenic shock, or hypotension
- People with metabolic acidosis and untreated tumor of the adrenal gland