What is Inderal?
Inderal is a beta blocker that helps treat high blood pressure, shaking or tremors, irregular heartbeats and to prevent migraine headaches and chest pain. It is generally used after a heart attack to improve survival, and helps prevent heart attacks, strokes and kidney problems. Inderal works by blocking the action of natural chemicals in the body like epinephrine that affects the heart and blood vessels, and thus reduces heart rate, strain on the heart and blood pressure.
Here is some important information you should consider before taking any blood pressure medication. Like any prescription drug, you have to consult a doctor before starting any blood pressure medication.
Do not use blood pressure medication if you have an allergy to either its active or inactive ingredients.
Inform your doctor of any pre-conditions you suffer from like kidney or liver disease, congestive heart failure, digestive problems or coronary artery disease before starting any blood pressure drug.
If you are undergoing any surgery, do inform them about the blood pressure drug you take as you may have to stop using the drug for a short time before surgery is performed.
As there are many drugs that can interact with blood pressure medication, you have to inform your doctor about all the prescription, non-prescription and over-the-counter medication you use.
Never stop taking your blood pressure medication until you first consult your doctor, even if you think you feel fine. Suddenly stopping your medication only worsens your condition.
Remember that high blood pressure has no symptoms, and that you may have to use blood pressure drugs throughout your life. This is why you have to consult with your doctor for a comprehensive management program to treat your hypertension through medicine, weight loss, dietary changes and exercise.
What should I know before taking blood pressure drugs?
Here are some guidelines to follow before taking blood pressure drugs:
Take your medication as prescribed by your doctor and don’t take it in larger or smaller doses than required, or for longer than recommended. Make sure you follow the prescription label instructions.
As hypertension and high blood pressure related diseases are not similar for everyone, you may have to occasionally change your dose and drug to ensure you get the best results and relief.
Some blood pressure may have to be taken with food, some on an empty stomach and some without food. Some have to be taken at least 4 hours before sleeping to prevent frequent urination at night. Your doctor will instruct you on how you have to take your blood pressure medication which is based on your medical condition and how your body responses to the medication.
It is better to reduce consumption of alcohol and caffeinated drinks and to reduce smoking and use of illegal drugs as they can all hamper the working of the blood pressure drug.
Extended-release tablets shouldn’t be crushed, chewed or broken as it only leads to too much of the drug getting released at a time. The drug should be swallowed whole.
Inform your doctor if there is continuous diarrhea, vomiting or if there is extra sweating as it can lead to severely low blood pressure.
Visit your doctor regularly as you need to check your blood pressure regularly at their office.
Most blood pressure medication should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.