Acebutolol

Where is Acebutolol used?

Acebutolol is a prescription known as beta-blockers used in people with high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent;

  • Kidney problems
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes

This medicine can also be used for the treatment of arrhythmia. It is a type of irregular heartbeats that can be serious and may sometimes even lead to a heart attack. Acebutolol is also prescribed in people with angina pectoris.

How does Acebutolol work?

Acebutolol is an FDA-approved beta-blocker that works by stopping beta receptors that are found in different areas of the body. Blocking beta receptors stops the action of two hormones that are made naturally by the body. These two hormones are called adrenaline and noradrenaline. These are often referred to as the fight or flight chemicals because they are accountable for the reaction of the body from stressful situations. This medicine blocks beta receptors that are found in the heart and lessens the action of adrenaline and noradrenaline on the heart. Wherein, it is the cause of less force that makes the heartbeat slow. In turn, this decreases the pressure at which the blood is pumped out of the heart and around the body which helps to lower blood pressure.

In arrhythmia which is an irregular heartbeat, this medicine allows the electrical signals in the heart to fire more regularly.

The action of Acebutolol in angina pectoris also lessens the energy used by the heart to pump blood around the body. This decreases the need of the heart for oxygen. Angina is a chest pain that happens because the heart does not get sufficient oxygen to meet demand. This is usually a result of the narrowing or hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. This medication lessens the workload of the heart as well as the amount of oxygen that it needs to pump blood around the body. Using this medication as a regular treatment to avoid attacks will help people with angina pectoris.

How is Acebutolol taken?

The recommended dosage for this medication depends on your medical condition and age.

  • This is usually taken once or twice a day.
  • The medicine is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water.
  • Do not break or chew it. Take the medicine as a whole.
  • Each dose can be taken with or without food.
  • Do not suddenly stop this medication without the doctor’s prescription.
  • Try talking your doses at the same time each day. It will help you to remember to take them regularly.

What are the possible side effects of Acebutolol?

  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Trouble sleeping

What are the precautions in taking Acebutolol?

  • If you forget a dose of this medicine, call your doctor for instructions. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed one.
  • Ask your doctor for advice if you drink alcohol. Alcohol will add to the blood pressure-lowering effect of this drug and may not be recommended for you.
  • Acebutolol can mask the symptoms of low blood sugar if you have diabetes. Ask your doctor for further advice if you are also a diabetic person.
  • If you have any other medications, it is important to let your doctor know.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any allergies.