Hydralazine is a pharmacological agent that is employed alone or in conjunction with other medications to manage hypertension. The reduction of elevated blood pressure aids in the prevention of stroke, heart attack, and renal complications. Hydralazine is classified as a vasodilator, functioning by inducing relaxation of the blood vessels to facilitate improved blood flow throughout the body.
Uses and Dosage
Please take this medication orally, with or without food, typically 2 to 4 times daily or as prescribed by your physician.
The dosage is dependent on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. Initially, your doctor may prescribe a low dose and gradually increase it. Please follow your physician’s instructions carefully.
To achieve the maximum benefit of this medication, take it regularly. To help you remember, take it at the same time every day.
Continue taking the medication even if you feel well since most individuals with high blood pressure do not experience any symptoms. The full effect of this medication may take several weeks to be noticeable.
Consult your physician before discontinuing this medication. Suddenly stopping this medication may worsen certain medical conditions. Your physician may need to gradually reduce your dosage.
Inform your physician if your condition deteriorates.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- upset stomach
- loss of appetite
- eye tearing
- stuffy nose
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- joint or muscle pain
- rapid heartbeat
- chest pain
- swollen ankles or feet
- numbing or tingling in hands or feet
Prior to taking hydralazine, disclose any allergies you may have to your physician or pharmacist, or any other sensitivities to the product’s inactive ingredients that could trigger allergic reactions or other complications.
Before utilizing this medication, disclose your medical history to your physician or pharmacist, specifically any heart or blood vessel issues, previous stroke, or kidney problems.
This medication may cause dizziness, and alcohol or marijuana consumption may exacerbate this effect. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Reducing your alcohol intake is advised.
Older individuals may be more vulnerable to this medication’s side effects, particularly dizziness, which can heighten the risk of falls.
During pregnancy, only use this medication if it is deemed necessary. It is advised that you discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
While this medication may pass into breast milk, it is unlikely to cause harm to nursing infants. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Apresoline is available in the following forms and strengths:
Is Apresoline a diuretic?
No, Apresoline is a peripheral arterial vasodilator.
How quickly does Apresoline lower blood pressure?
Apresoline starts working to lower your blood pressure in as little as 1 hour, but it only stays in your body for 3 to 7 hours.