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Lokren

Lokren 20 mg
  • Lokren 20 mg
Manufacturer: Aventis Pharma
Product Name: Lokren
Avg.Delivery Time: 10-14 Business Days
Exp.Date: Approx. Mar,2016
Lokren 20mg
  • Quantity Form Manufacturer Price Order
  • 28 Tablets Aventis Pharma 26.00
Lokren
Product Ingridients:
  • betaxolol
Other names used:
  • Betoptic®
  • Betoptic S®
  • Kerlone®
  • Lokren®
Therapeutic actions:

Betaxolol is a beta-adrenergic blocking agent.

The nerves of the sympathetic nervous system--a subdivision of the nervous system--release a chemical related to adrenaline which binds to the heart-rate controlling cells in the heart as well as the muscles of the heart. Binding causes the heart to beat faster and the muscles of the heart to contract more vigorously and work harder. Betaxolol blocks the binding of the adrenaline-like chemical and prevents the increases in heart rate and muscular contraction. As a result, blood pressure is lowered. By reducing the heart rate and muscular contraction, betaxolol also reduces the heart's need for oxygen to generate energy. Since angina pectoris (heart pain) occurs when the heart's need for oxygen is too great and exceeds the supply of oxygen, betaxolol can prevent angina pectoris. Betaxolol was approved by the FDA in 1985.

Indications:

Betaxolol is prescribed for patients with high blood pressure (hypertension). It also is used to treat chest pain (angina pectoris) related to coronary artery disease.

Contraindications and Cautions:

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Betaxolol may cause drowsiness, dizziness, and blood pressure changes. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.

Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking betaxolol.Tell your doctor and dentist that you are taking betaxolol before having surgery.

Side Effects:

The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

Betaxolol generally is well tolerated, and side effects usually are mild and transient. Rare side effects include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, depression, dreaming, memory loss, fever, impotence, lightheadedness, slow heart rate, low blood pressure, numbness, tingling, cold extremities, sore throat, and shortness of breath or wheezing.

If it is necessary to discontinue betaxolol, the dose can be reduced gradually over several weeks. Like all other beta-blockers, betaxolol can mask the early warning symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in diabetics, and can increase or decrease blood sugar. Therefore, it should be used with caution in diabetic patients.

The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.

Interactions:

Tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already taking, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with this medicine.

The blood pressure-lowering effects of betaxolol add to the blood pressure-lowering effects of other drugs. For this reason, combinations of betaxolol and other blood pressure-lowering drugs often are used to treat persons with high blood pressure.

When used in combination with diltiazem (Cardizem; Tiazac; Dilacor), verapamil (Calan; Isoptin; Verelan; Covera), amiodarone (Cordarone), or digoxin (Lanoxin), betaxolol or other beta-blockers, can cause complete block of the heart's electrical system causing serious abnormal heart rhythms.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn, Anaprox, Aleve), can reduce the blood pressure lowering effects of beta-blockers such as betaxolol.

Additional:

DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS PRODUCT, as well as syringes and needles, if needed during treatment, out of the reach of children. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials.

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