Generic name: pindolol [ pin-doe-lol ]
Drug class: Non-cardioselective beta blockers
Dosage form: oral tablet (10 mg; 5 mg)
Availability: Prescription only
Pregnancy & Lactation: Risk data available
Brand names: Visken
What is Pindolol?
Pindolol is a beta-blocker that affects the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins).
Pindolol is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure).
Pindolol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use pindolol if you have asthma, or if you have a serious heart condition such as "AV block" (2nd or 3rd degree), uncontrolled heart failure, slow heartbeats that have caused you to faint, or if your heart cannot pump blood properly.
How should I take Pindolol
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often.
Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using pindolol. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Do not stop using pindolol suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms (tremors, sweating, headache, rapid heartbeats). Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.
Store pindolol at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Usual Adult Dose for Hypertension:
Initial dose: 5 mg orally 2 times a day
Titration: The dose may be adjusted in increments of 10 mg per day every 3 to 4 weeks
Maximum dose: 60 mg per day
-This drug may be taken with or without food.
-This drug may be given alone or in combination with other antihypertensive drugs.
-Antihypertensive response usually occurs within the first week of treatment.
-Maximal response may take 2 weeks or longer.
Use: For the management of hypertension as a single agent or concomitantly with other antihypertensive agents, particularly with a thiazide-type diuretic
You should not use pindolol if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
"AV block" (2nd or 3rd degree);
uncontrolled heart failure;
slow heartbeats that have caused you to faint; or
if your heart cannot pump blood properly.
To make sure pindolol is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
angina (chest pain), congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease;
a thyroid disorder;
liver or kidney disease.
It is not known whether pindolol will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Pindolol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Pindolol is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include slow heartbeats, shortness of breath, or severe dizziness.
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org
Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What should I avoid while using Pindolol?
pindolol may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.
Pindolol side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Pindolol may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:
shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, rapid weight gain;
slow or uneven heartbeats;
a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; or
unusual changes in mood or behavior.
Common side effects of pindolol may include:
muscle or joint pain;
sleep problems (insomnia); or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.See more: Pindolol Side Effects
What other drugs will affect Pindolol?
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
insulin or oral diabetes medicine; or
other blood pressure medications.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with pindolol, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will need to determine your response to pindolol. Your doctor may ask you to check your pulse (heart rate). Ask your pharmacist or doctor to teach you how to take your pulse. If your pulse is faster or slower than it should be, call your doctor.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.