Generic name: Labetalol hydrochloride
Other brand name: Trandate

What is Normodyne?

Normodyne is a medication used to treat high blood pressure. It is a beta blocker, which means it works by blocking the action of certain hormones in the body. This results in a decrease in blood pressure. Normodyne is available as an oral tablet, an oral suspension, and an injectable solution.

Normodyne

Health Benefits

Normodyne has a number of potential health benefits. For example, it may help to:

– Lower blood pressure

– Reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke

– Treat arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)

– Reduce the symptoms of anxiety and stress

What are the side effects of Normodyne?

The most common side effects of Normodyne include:

dizziness

tiredness

nausea

diarrhea

dry mouth

constipation

decreased sex drive

impotence

weight gain

In rare cases, more serious side effects may occur, including:

low blood pressure (hypotension)

shortness of breath ( dyspnea)

chest pain (angina)

irregular heartbeat ( arrhythmia)

heart failure

stroke

allergic reactions

liver damage

If you experience any of these side effects, contact your doctor immediately.

Dosages

The recommended starting dose of Normodyne for adults is 100 mg once daily. Your doctor may adjust your dose based on your response to treatment. The maximum recommended dose is 200 mg per day.

For children ages 6 to 17, the recommended starting dose is 0.5 mg/kg once daily. The maximum recommended dose is 2 mg/kg per day.

Interactions

Normodyne can interact with a number of other medications, herbs, and supplements. These include medications such as:

– Beta blockers such as propranolol (Inderal) and metoprolol (Lopressor)

– Calcium channel blockers such as diltiazem (Cardizem) and verapamil (Calan)

– Digoxin (Lanoxin)

– Diuretics such as furosemide (Lasix) and hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)

– MAO inhibitors such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), and tranylcypromine (Parnate)

If you take any of these medications, talk to your doctor before taking Normodyne. You may need a dose adjustment or special test to safely take both medications.

Do not take Normodyne if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

a history of heart attack or stroke;

coronary artery disease;

congestive heart failure;

a serious heart condition called cardiogenic shock;

an uncontrolled irregular heartbeat; or

low blood pressure.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take Normodyne.

Normodyne is not expected to be harmful to a fetus. If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, talk to your doctor before taking this medication.

It is not known whether Normodyne passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not take Normodyne without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Mechanism of Action

Normodyne is a beta blocker. This means it works by blocking the action of certain hormones in the body, such as epinephrine (adrenaline). This results in a decrease in blood pressure. normodyne may also help to:

– Lower heart rate

– Reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke

– Treat arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)

Normodyne may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Pharmacokinetics

Absorption: Normodyne is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.

Distribution: Normodyne is widely distributed throughout the body.

Metabolism and Excretion: Normodyne is metabolized in the liver and excreted in the urine. The half-life of Normodyne is 3-4 hours.

Alternatives to Normodyne

There are a number of alternatives to Normodyne. These include other beta blockers such as propranolol (Inderal) and metoprolol (Lopressor), as well as calcium channel blockers such as diltiazem (Cardizem) and verapamil (Calan).

Symptoms of an Overdose

If you take too much Normodyne, you may experience:

– Slow heart rate

– Low blood pressure

– Dizziness

– Lightheadedness

– Shortness of breath