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Acebutolol Hydrochloride Oral capsule

What is this medicine?

ACEBUTOLOL (a se BYOO toe 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 and to treat or prevent certain heart rhythm problems.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • diabetes

  • heart or vessel disease like slow heartrate, worsening heart failure, heart block, sick sinus syndrome or Raynaud's disease

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • lung or breathing disease, like asthma or emphysema

  • pheochromocytoma

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to acebutolol, other beta-blockers, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly. This could lead to serious heart-related effects.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • sotalol

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antiinflammatory drugs, NSAIDs like ibuprofen

  • medicines for high blood pressure

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your heart rate and blood pressure regularly while you are taking this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your heart rate and blood pressure should be, and when you should contact him or her.

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.

Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

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

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • cold, tingling, or numb hands or feet

  • confusion

  • irregular heartbeat

  • muscle aches and pains

  • slow heart rate

  • sweating

  • swollen legs or ankles

  • tremor, shakes

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • anxiety

  • change in sex drive or performance

  • depression

  • diarrhea

  • dry or burning eyes

  • headache

  • nausea

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


About Our Stroke Center

The Primary Stroke Center, certified by the Joint Commission, is focused on the emergent needs of a stroke patient with our multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, physical and speech therapists, dieticians and case managers who work together to develop a customized treatment plan for each patient. Our Emergency Department is fully prepared to help you and your loved one through this delicate time, staffed with competent emergency medicine physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons and nursing staff.

For more information about our services or a free physician referral, call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.

What Is a Stroke or Brain Attack?

Every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke. Every three minutes, someone dies of one.

Stroke is a cerebro-vascular disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability.

A stroke is similar to a heart attack. In a heart attack the blood flow is interrupted in the heart and it doesn't get enough oxygen. A brain attack is similar but blood flow to the brain is interrupted, the brain does not get enough oxygen and brain cells quickly begin to die.

Act F.A.S.T.

Act F.A.S.T.

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:

FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?

TIME If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important.

Call 911 and get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.

Remember, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Which means every year, up to 600,000 Americans could have prevented their strokes.

Stroke Warning Signs

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, swallowing or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
  • If you experience these symptoms, dial 911!

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Stroke

Whether you've ever had a stroke or not, there are things you can do to minimize your risk. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions:

  • Keep blood pressure under control with lifestyle changes, and, if necessary, medication.
  • Help prevent diabetes by eating a healthy diet, losing extra weight and getting regular exercise.
  • Avoid use of any tobacco products, and limit alcohol consumption.
  • Get treatment for atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). Left untreated, the condition can cause clots that can lead to stroke.
  • Help keep your "bad" cholesterol down by eating a diet that's low in saturated fat and high in fiber.

Having one or more of these risk factors does not mean you will automatically have a stroke. But because your stroke risk is higher, ask your doctor about changes you can make to prevent a stroke. Need a doctor? Call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.

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