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Esmolol - Uses And Side Effects of Esmolol

Generic Name: ESMOLOL HYDROCHLORIDE - INJECTION (ESS-mow-lall)

Brand Name: Brevibloc

What is Esmolol and the uses of Esmolol ?

ESMOLOL (Brevibloc) belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. Esmolol slows down a fast heart rate and reduces high blood pressure. Generic esmolol injections are available. Esmolol is a fast acting beta-blocker and is only given by slow injection into the veins. It acts specifically on the receptors in the heart muscle and is therefore known as a cardio-selective beta-blocker

How to Take esmolol capsule

Take esmolol exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. The esmolol brand of esmolol may be taken with or without food.

Side Effects of esmolol

Some common side effects reported with esmolol medicine include:

  • vomiting.
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth.
  • dark yellow or brown urine.
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin.
  • fever or chills.
  • dizziness.
  • headache.
  • swollen legs and ankles.
  • cold, tingling, or numb hands or feet.
  • sweating.
  • Fatigue

Warnings and precautions for Esmolol

  • If you have angina or have had heart problems, do not suddenly stop using esmolol medication without first consulting your doctor. If your doctor decides you should no longer use esmolol medication, you must stop esmolol medication gradually according to your doctor's instructions.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking esmolol. Alcohol may increase drowsiness caused by esmolol. It may also increase the risk of seizures.
  • This medicine may mask the symptoms of low blood sugar such as increased heart rate, tremor and nausea. People with diabetes should carefully monitor their blood sugar.
  • Individuals taking esmolol medicine should be monitored for changes in blood pressure.

What drugs may interact with esmolol ?

When taken together with calcium channel blockers such as verapamil and nifedepine, the risk of heart block and heart failure may be significantly increased. Some drugs which interact are

  • antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen).
  • hawthorn
  • medicines for colds and breathing difficulties
  • medicines for diabetes
  • medicines for high blood pressure
  • medicine for mental depression
  • medicines to control heart rhythm
  • morphine
  • water pills

Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What to do if you miss a dose of esmolol ?

If you miss a dose of esmolol, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What if Overdose of esmolol ?

If you take overdose of esmolol the seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center.

How to Store esmolol

  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Store away from heat and direct light.
  • Do not store the tablet forms of esmolol in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and become less effective.
  • Keep the liquid form of this medicine from freezing.
  • Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.

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