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Visken is a prescription medication used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and to prevent angina (chest pain). Its active ingredient is pindolol, which is a synthetic beta-adrenergic receptor blocking agent with intrinsic sympathomimetic activity.
Pindolol works by blocking the effects of certain natural substances (such as epinephrine) on the heart and circulation, which helps to reduce blood pressure and decrease the workload on the heart.
Use and Dosage
Pindolol tablets are taken orally, with or without food, usually twice daily or as directed by your doctor. To help you remember to take pindolol, take it around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take pindolol exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
The recommended dosage of Pindolol varies depending on the medical condition being treated and the individual's response to the medication. The typical starting dose for hypertension is 5 mg taken orally twice daily, with the possibility of increasing the dose incrementally up to 30 mg taken orally twice daily. For chronic stable angina (off-label use), the dosage can range from 15-40 mg per day taken orally divided into doses. The recommended dose ranges from 10 mg to 45 mg daily for other indications such as heart failure and angina. However, dosages may need to be adjusted based on the patient's age, overall health, and other factors.
Pindolol helps control your condition but will not cure it. Continue to take pindolol even if you feel well. Do not stop taking pindolol without talking to your doctor. If you suddenly stop taking pindolol, you may experience serious heart problems such as angina (chest pain) or heart attack.
Common Side Effects of Visken (Pindolol):
- Decreased sexual ability
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Drowsiness (slight)
- Dry, sore eyes
- Nightmares and vivid dreams
- Numbness or tingling of fingers or toes
- Stomach discomfort
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
Serious Side Effects of Visken (Pindolol):
- Breathing difficulty or wheezing
- Cold hands and feet
- Dizziness upon getting up from a sitting or lying down position
- Red, scaling, or crusted skin
- Shortness of breath
- Signs of depression (e.g., poor concentration, changes in weight, changes in sleep, decreased interest in activities, thoughts of suicide)
- Slow heartbeat (especially less than 50 beats per minute)
- Swelling of ankles, feet, or lower legs
- Symptoms of irregular heartbeat (e.g., chest pain, dizziness, rapid, pounding heartbeat, shortness of breath)
Forms and Strength
Visken (Pindolol) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 5 mg
- 10 mg
- 5 mg
- 10 mg
- 15 mg
- Use caution in patients with severe kidney or liver impairment, as dose reduction may be necessary.
- Visken may cause heart failure in some patients, so caution should be exercised when administering the medication to individuals with a history of heart failure or other types of heart disease.
- Special caution should be taken when administering Visken to patients with bronchial asthma or other respiratory conditions, as the medication may cause bronchoconstriction and worsen these conditions.
- Use caution in patients with diabetes, as Visken may mask some signs of hypoglycemia and interfere with blood glucose regulation.
- Visken may increase the risk of stroke or cardiac events in patients with pre-existing cerebrovascular disease or coronary artery disease.
- Use caution in patients with a history of anaphylactic reactions or severe allergic reactions, as Visken may increase the risk of such reactions.
- Visken may interact with other medications, such as insulin or oral diabetes medications, causing changes in blood sugar levels. Patients should monitor their blood sugar levels closely while taking Visken.
- Patients should exercise caution when driving or operating machinery while taking Visken, as the medication may cause dizziness or lightheadedness.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take for Visken to start working?
The effects of Visken should become noticeable within a few hours of taking the medication and can last for up to 24 hours.
Can Visken be taken with food?
Visken can be taken with or without food but taking it with a meal may help to reduce stomach upset.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Visken?
If you miss a dose of Visken, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
Can Visken be taken during pregnancy?
Visken is not recommended for use during pregnancy, as it may cause harm to the developing fetus. Pregnant women should consult with their healthcare provider before taking any medication.
It's important to purchase Visken from verified Canadian pharmacy.