Trandate General Information
Trandate belongs to a group of medicines known as alpha/beta adrenergic antagonists.
Trandate is used for lowering high blood pressure (hypertension).
Trandate works by blocking the action of certain natural chemicals in the body such as epinephrine on the heart and blood vessels. This effect lowers the heart rate, blood pressure, and strain on the heart.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor or pharmacist.
Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.
Do not freeze.
Trandate Possible Side Effects
You may experience dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, and blurred vision as your body adjusts to the medication.
Use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness.
Because beta-blockers reduce blood circulation to the extremities, your hands and feet may be more susceptible to the cold.
Inform your doctor if you develop breathing difficulties, easy bruising or bleeding, swollen hands or feet, confusion or depression, or a sore throat while taking this medication.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you have a history of heart, kidney, or liver disease, asthma, bronchitis emphysema, other lung disease, diabetes or an overactive thyroid gland.
You may want to check your pulse every day while taking this medication.
Discuss with your doctor what changes in your pulse rate mean.
Before having surgery, tell the doctor or dentist in charge that you are taking a beta-blocker.
This drug should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
Beta blockers do appear in breast milk.
Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.
Trandate Missed Dose
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of diuretics, cold preparations and nasal decongestants, reserpine, and of other heart or blood pressure medications.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.