Nadolol (Corgard) is in a class of medications called beta-blockers. Nadolol reduces the heart rate and the force of contractions of the heart’s muscle, thereby lowering blood pressure. It’s also used to treat angina (heart pain) occurs when the heart’s need for oxygen. By slowing the heart rate and decreasing the force of muscle contractions, Nadolol reduces the demand of the heart’s muscle for oxygen and thereby prevents angina.
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Do not stop taking Nadolol without first talking to your doctor. Stopping suddenly may cause of chest pain or heart attack.
While using Nadolol if you need to have any type of surgery, you may need to temporarily stop using it. Make sure your surgeon knows ahead of time that you are using this medication.
Avoid drinking alcohol, which could increase drowsiness and dizziness. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely if you are being treated for hypertension.
Hypertension often has no symptoms, so you may not even feel that you have high blood pressure. Continue using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well.
What should I discuss with my doctor before using Nadolol?
Tell your doctor if you have:
- liver or kidney disease
- a thyroid disorder
- myasthenia gravis
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment
- asthma, bronchitis, emphysema
- low blood pressure
- heart problem
Common side effects include:
- excessive tiredness
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- slow heartbeat
Nadolol may cause other side effects. Contact your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
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