LABETALOL (la BET a lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure.
This medicine is for injection or infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
cold hands or feet
general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
loss of appetite, nausea
pain or trouble passing urine
right upper belly pain
slow heart rate (fewer than recommended by your doctor or health care professional)
swollen legs or ankles
tingling of the scalp or skin
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
decreased sexual function or desire
dry itching skin
This medicine may interact with the following medications:
certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
medicines for asthma or lung disease like albuterol
medicines for depression
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This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
history of heart attack, heart disease, or heart failure
lung or breathing disease, like asthma or emphysema
an unusual or allergic reaction to labetalol, other beta-blockers, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
After your blood pressure and heart rate have been steadied with this medicine, your doctor or health care professional may want you to take medicine by mouth. Regular checks on your heart rate and blood pressure are necessary.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This medicine can affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.