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Why is this medication prescribed?
To manage high blood pressure, betaxolol may be used alone or in combination with other drugs. A group of drugs known as beta blockers includes betaxolol. In order to increase blood flow and lower blood pressure, it works by relaxing blood vessels and reducing heart rate.
High blood pressure is a common illness that, if left untreated, can harm the kidneys, brain, heart, blood vessels, and other organs. Heart disease, a heart attack, heart failure, a stroke, renal failure, eyesight loss, and other issues may result from damage to these organs. Making lifestyle modifications will help you control your blood pressure in addition to taking medication. These adjustments include quitting smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, eating a diet low in fat and salt, keeping a healthy weight, and exercising for at least 30 minutes most days.
How should this medicine be used?
A tablet to be swallowed contains betaxolol. Typically, it is given once day. Betaxolol should be taken every day at roughly the same time. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. As indicated, take betaxolol as prescribed. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.
A typical dose of betaxolol will likely be prescribed by your doctor, and if your blood pressure is not under control after 7–14 days, they may decide to increase it.
Although it doesn’t treat high blood pressure, betaxolol manages it. Before the full effects of betaxolol are felt, it may take 1-2 weeks or longer. Even if you feel good, keep taking betaxolol. Without consulting your doctor, do not discontinue taking betaxolol. Your blood pressure may increase and you could experience new or worsened chest pain if you abruptly stop taking betaxolol. Over the course of two weeks, your doctor will likely progressively reduce your dosage while closely watching you. While your dose is being reduced, your doctor might advise you to limit your physical activity.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking betaxolol,
- If you have an allergy to betaxolol, any other medications, or any of the substances in betaxolol tablets, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Incorporate any of the following: beta blocker eye drops such as betaxolol (Betoptic), carteol (Ocupress), levobunolol (Akbeta, Betagan), metipranolol (Optipranolol), and timolol (Betimol, Timoptic, in Cosopt); the cardiac drug amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone); calcium channel blockers include clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, in Clorpres), digoxin (Lanoxin), disopyramide (Norpace), epinephrine (Epipen), and reserpine. Other calcium channel blockers include diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac, and others), nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia), and verapamil Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- If you have heart failure or any other heart issues, let your doctor know. If you suffer from heart failure or other heart conditions, your doctor could advise against taking betaxolol.
- Inform your doctor if you suffer from or have ever suffered from angina (chest discomfort), diabetes, psoriasis, pheochromocytoma (a tumour on a tiny gland near the kidneys), severe allergies, renal, liver, or thyroid illness.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking betaxolol.
- If you will be receiving care from a doctor, dentist, or eye doctor, let them know that you are taking betaxolol. If you are having surgery, particularly dental surgery, this is extremely crucial.
- You need to be aware that betaxolol might make you feel sleepy. Prior to understanding how this drug affects you, avoid using machinery or driving a car.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
There may be adverse effects from betaxolol. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Extreme fatigue
- Having trouble falling or staying asleep
- Strange dreams
- Aching joints
- Reduced male sexual prowess
- Chilly fingers and toes
- Arms, legs, hands, or feet tingling, burning, or numbness
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- Difficulty breathing, especially during activity or when lying down
- Swelling of the arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Unexplained weight gain
- Fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
Betaxolol may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
Overdose symptoms could include:
- Breathing problems, especially while resting down or exercising
- Arms, hands, foot, ankles, or lower legs swelling
- Unaccounted-for weight gain
- Chest discomfort
- Heartbeats that are rapid, hammering, slow, or erratic
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
Inform your doctor and the technician that you are taking betaxolol before getting tested for glaucoma (increased eye pressure that can cause vision loss).
No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.