| Aldomet information
Aldomet, also generally known under the name of Methyldopa, is a drug that was formulated to help patients who are suffering from high blood pressure. Its purpose is to lower the patient's blood pressure by lowering the levels in which certain chemicals are found in the blood. In this way, Aldomet helps relax the body's blood vessels enabling your heart to function properly.
Aldomet is usually indicated in the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). Methyldopa can also be indicated for other purposes that have not been mentioned here.
You may not be allowed to start taking Aldomet if you are suffering from some of the next medical disorders:
- Kidney disease;
- If you have has a stroke or a heart attack;
- Heart disease;
If you are suffering from any above listed medical conditions, it is best that you consult with your doctor before you start a treatment with Aldomet (Methyldopa). He or she will probably want to monitorize your treatment and make some adjustments to your dose of Aldomet.
Aldomet is a Category B FDA Pregnancy drug. Therefore, taking Aldomet during pregnancy is considered relatively safe, as it should neither harm the unborn child, nor the carrying mother. However, if you are pregnant or if you are planning to be pregnant soon, it is recommended that you consult with your personal physician before you start a treatment with Aldomet. It has been established that Aldomet can and does pass into the breast milk. Therefore, ask your physician before you start a treatment with Aldomet if you are breastfeeding a child.
If the patient is over 60 years old, the dosage of the drug should be lowered, as elderly patients are more likely to suffer from unpleasant side effects.
Aldomet Intake Guidelines
Follow your physician's advice regarding your treatment with Aldomet. If you have any other questions regarding the treatment you should ask your doctor, a pharmacist or a nurse. Each dose of Aldomet should be accompanied by a glass of water. You should shake the suspension well before you measure your dose.
You must not stop your treatment with Aldomet without first consulting it with your doctor. Some patients might have to take Aldomet throughout their lifetime. Try to take Aldomet regularly.
You should get your dosage of Aldomet from your personal doctor. The best dosage varies from one patient to another, because it depends on some factors (among them: body weight, the disorder's severity, etc).
If you are suffering from Aldomet overdose you may experience some of the following disorders:
- Slower heart rate;
- Possible seizures;
If you do suspect that you have an overdose with Aldomet you should seek immediate medical attention (inform your personal physician, contact your local poison control center).
Aldomet Missed Dose
Aldomet should be taken in or on a regular basis. If you are following a treatment with Aldomet, you should not miss any of your doses. If you do miss one, you should take it as soon as you can and continue with your regular schedule. If it is about time for another dose, it is best that you skip the one that you missed. You must not take in a double dose of Aldomet unless you are instructed by your personal physician to do so.
Aldomet Side Effects
Stop your treatment with Aldomet if you have any of these severe side effects:
- Abnormal bruising or bleeding;
- Abnormally low or high blood pressure (severe headaches, fainting, flushing of the patient's face);
- Allergic reactions (like throat closing, difficulty in breathing, swelling of the tongue, face, lips or hives);
- Chest pain;
- Extremely slow heart rate (less than 60 beats / minute);
- Yellowing of the eyes or of the skin;
More common and less serious side effects are:
- Diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, nausea;
- Dry mouth;
- Tiredness, unusual fatigue or dizziness;
There are other side effects that can also occur during your treatment with Aldomet. Inform your doctor at once if you experience anything disturbing while taking Aldomet.
Inform your personal doctor if you are following a treatment with any of these drugs:
- Barbiturates like (nembutal), phenobarbital (solfoton, luminal), pentobarbital and secobarbital (seconal);
- Beta-blockers like nadolol (corgard), carvedilol (coreg), pindolol (visken), carteolol (cartrol), labetalol (normodyne, trandate), propranolol (inderal), or timolol (blocadren);
- Haloperidol (haldol);
- Levodopa (sinemet, dopar, larodopa);
- Lithium (lithobid, eskalith);
- Phenothiazine like prochlorperazine (compazine), fluphenazine (prolixin), chlorpromazine (thorazine), perphenazine (trilafon), or thioridazine (mellaril);
- Respiratory medicines like albuterol (volmax, ventolin, proventil), salmeterol (serevent) or pirbuterol (maxair);
- Tolbutamide (orinase);
- Tricyclic antidepressants like doxepin (sinequan), imipramine (tofranil), amitriptyline (endep, elavil), or nortriptyline (pamelor);
If you have to follow a treatment with another drug (apart from Aldomet) please ask for your doctor's consent before doing so.
Aldomet Other Brand Names
In some countries Aldomet may also be known as: