In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00755885 ||APO-PINDOL 10MG TABLET|
|00755893 ||APO-PINDOL 15MG TABLET|
|00755877 ||APO-PINDOL 5MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Pindolol belongs to the class of medications called beta-blockers. It is used to treat high blood pressure and to prevent angina (chest pain). For treatment of high blood pressure, pindolol may be used alone or in combination with other medications that reduce high blood pressure, particularly thiazide diuretics (water pills). Pindolol works by decreasing the demands on the heart.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The recommended dose of pindolol ranges from 5 mg to 45 mg daily, depending on the needs of the person taking the medication. It should be taken with food.
For treatment of high blood pressure, the dose of pindolol is usually started at 5 mg twice daily and increased gradually until the best dose is found. When the dose is less than 30 mg per day, it is taken in 2 divided doses. Doses greater than 30 mg per day are taken in 3 divided doses.
For treatment of angina, the starting dose is 5 mg 3 times a day with food. If the desired response is not reached in 1 to 2 weeks, the dosage may be increased, up to a maximum of 40 mg per day.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Do not stop taking this medication without first talking with your doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly after you have been taking it for a while may cause unpleasant and potentially harmful effects.
This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
This medication is available as 5 mg, 10 mg, and 15 mg tablets.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Pindolol should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to pindolol or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is receiving or will receive anesthesia (e.g., ether)
- has a condition known as right ventricular failure caused by pulmonary hypertension (excessive blood pressure in the lungs)
- has a serious heart block
- has a severely slow heart rate
- has asthma or other obstructive respiratory diseases
- has congestive heart failure
- has had cardiogenic shock