Apresoline (Hydralazine)

(℞) Prescription Required - Hydralazine is the Generic Equivalent of Apresoline

    Apresoline (Hydralazine) Dosage and Side Effects

    APRESOLINE is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

    Proper Use of this medication

    Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

    To be sure this medication is helping your condition and is not causing harmful effects, your blood pressure will need to be checked often. You may also need occasional blood tests. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

    Keep using APRESOLINE as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so you may not know when your blood pressure is high. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.

    Store APRESOLINE at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

    Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

    Overdose symptoms may include headache, dizziness, fast heart rate, warmth or tingling under your skin, chest pain, or fainting.

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

    Side Effects

    Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

    Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

    • fast or pounding heartbeats;
    • swelling in your face, stomach, hands, or feet;
    • numbness, burning, pain, or tingly feeling;
    • feeling like you might pass out;
    • confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior;
    • pale skin, easy bruising;
    • painful or difficult urination;
    • dark-colored urine;
    • urinating less than usual or not at all; or
    • joint pain or swelling with fever, chest pain, weakness or tired feeling.

    Less serious side effects may include:

    • nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite;
    • diarrhea, constipation;
    • headache;
    • dizziness;
    • anxiety;
    • muscle or joint pain;
    • runny or stuffy nose; or
    • mild itching or skin rash.

    This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

    Warnings and Precautions

    You should not use this medication if you are allergic to APRESOLINE, or if you have coronary artery disease, or rheumatic heart disease affecting the mitral valve.

    Before taking APRESOLINE, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, lupus, angina pectoris (chest pain), or if you have ever had a stroke.

    While taking APRESOLINE, 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.

    Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as fast or pounding heartbeats, swelling, numbness or tingling, dark-colored urine, joint pain or swelling with fever, chest pain, weakness or tired feeling, and urinating less than usual or not at all.

    To be sure this medication is helping your condition and is not causing harmful effects, your blood pressure will need to be checked often. You may also need occasional blood tests. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

    Keep using APRESOLINE as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so you may not know when your blood pressure is high. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.

    You should not use this medication if you are allergic to APRESOLINE, or if you have:

    • coronary artery disease; or
    • rheumatic heart disease affecting the mitral valve.

    Before taking APRESOLINE, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

    • kidney disease,
    • lupus;
    • angina pectoris (chest pain); or
    • if you have ever had stroke.

    If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication.

    FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

    APRESOLINE can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

    Interactions with this medication

    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.

    Before taking APRESOLINE, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:

    • diazoxide (Hyperstat, Proglycem); or
    • an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate).

    This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with APRESOLINE. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

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    The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.