Hydralazine (Generic Name)
Other Names: Apresoline®
Oral tablets: 10 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg
About this drug
Hydralazine (hi-DRAL-uh-zeen) is used to treat high blood pressure or heart failure. It works by relaxing blood vessels and increasing the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. These actions help decrease the work load of the heart, and lower blood pressure. This medicine is a vasodilator (VAY-zo-dye-LAY-ter).
Common side effects are:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Loss of appetite
- Fast or irregular heart beat
Rare side effects include:
- Shortness of breath
- Flushed face
- Flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, chills, and sore throat
If any of these side effects becomes severe or bothers you, call your doctor. Do not take over-the-counter medicine for your symptoms.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any prescription medicine, over-the-counter medicine, or herbal products that you are taking. He or she will check for interactions.
If you miss a dose
If you miss a medicine dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your
next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at its scheduled time, and continue
your usual dosing schedule. Do not “double up” on doses to catch up.
How to take this medicine
Take this medicine with fluids at the same time every day, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. You may take it with or without food.
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