Important Safety Information about DUTOPROL, including Boxed WARNING
Because of the possibility of serious side effects, such as chest pain or a heart attack, you should not stop taking DUTOPROL suddenly. If your doctor decides you should stop taking DUTOPROL, you may be instructed to slowly reduce your dose over a period of time before stopping it completely.
DUTOPROL may not be right for everyone, especially people who have the following health conditions:
- Extreme slowing of the heart rate
- Sudden and severe drop in blood pressure and blood flow through the body because the heart is not pumping normally
- Uncontrolled heart failure
- Slowdown of the heart's electrical signal causing a slower heart rate
- Damage to the heart's natural pacemaker that affects the heart's rhythm unless one has a
- Any allergies to DUTOPROL or its ingredients
It is important to take your medications every day as directed by your doctor.
Patients who have asthma or asthma-like lung disease should, in general, not take DUTOPROL.
Your doctor may not want you to take DUTOPROL if you are currently taking certain types of high blood pressure medicine or lithium, or have adrenal gland tumors, diabetes, low blood sugar, overactive thyroid disease, hardening of the arteries in the arms or legs, kidney disease, or liver disease.
Your doctor may not want you to start taking DUTOPROL if you are about to have any type of surgery.
DUTOPROL may cause eye problems, or cause or worsen lupus erythematosus (a disease of the body's immune system). Your doctor will monitor you for fluid imbalance or changes in substances that indicate how your body is working.
If you have a history of serious allergic reactions, the usual dose of epinephrine (adrenaline) may not work as well if you are taking DUTOPROL.
If you take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also called NSAIDs), DUTOPROL may not work as well.
Until you know how you will react to DUTOPROL, avoid activities that require alertness.
Contact your doctor if you have any difficulty in breathing.
The most common side effects were sore throat, tiredness, dizziness, back pain, and nausea. If you experience any of these side effects, contact your doctor.
Approved Uses for DUTOPROL
DUTOPROL is approved to lower high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps reduce the risk of certain heart-related problems such as stroke and heart attack. It's good for you to know more about your medical condition and the medicine you are taking for it. Talk to your doctor about high blood pressure and DUTOPROL.
Please click here for the full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING about suddenly stopping therapy with DUTOPROL.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
The information on this Web site should not take the place of talking with your doctor or health care professional. If you have any questions about your condition, or if you would like more information about DUTOPROL, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Only you and your health care professional can decide if DUTOPROL is right for you.