Chemical Name: MIDODRINE (MI-doe-dreen)
Midodrine is a vasoconstrictor used to treat dizziness which occurs when standing or sitting up.
WARNING: Midodrine should only be used in carefully selected patients. Midodrine causes a significant increase in blood pressure when lying down on your back. Your blood pressure will be monitored carefully during treatment. Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with Midodrine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF Midodrine IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have a history of pheochromocytoma. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking Midodrine.
Follow the directions for using Midodrine provided by your doctor. DO NOT TAKE Midodrine after your evening meal or less than 4 hours before bedtime, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. STORE Midodrine in a tightly-closed container below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C), away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Midodrine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do NOT take 2 doses at once.
MEASURE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE REGULARLY according to your doctor's directions. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any medicines that contain decongestants or diet aids such as phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylephrine. IF YOU EXPERIENCE headache, blurred vision, pounding in the ears, fainting, or slowing pulse, tell your doctor immediately. If you experience any of these symptoms, do not take any more of Midodrine unless your doctor tells you to do so. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Midodrine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF Midodrine IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using Midodrine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include itching or tingling of the skin or scalp. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience difficulty urinating. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience chest pain, slowing pulse, pounding in the ears, headache, blurred vision, or fainting. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include "goose bumps," difficulty urinating, severe or persistent headache, and feeling cold.
DO NOT SHARE Midodrine with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Midodrine for other health conditions. KEEP Midodrine out of the reach of children. IF USING Midodrine FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.