Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Kerlone
Generic Name: betaxolol (Pronunciation: bay TAX oh lol)
What is betaxolol (Kerlone)?
Betaxolol is in a group of drugs called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers affect the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins).
Betaxolol is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure).
Betaxolol may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Betaxolol 10 mg-ACT
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Kerlone 10 mg
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What are the possible side effects of betaxolol (Kerlone)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about betaxolol (Kerlone)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to betaxolol or if you have a serious heart problem such as heart block, sick sinus syndrome, or slow heart rate, or severe or uncontrolled heart failure or pheochromocytoma.
Before taking betaxolol, tell your doctor if you have angina (chest pain), congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, low blood pressure, depression, liver or kidney disease, a thyroid disorder, myasthenia gravis, or problems with circulation (such as Raynaud's syndrome).
If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon that you are using betaxolol. You may need to briefly stop using betaxolol before having surgery.
Do not skip doses or stop taking betaxolol without first talking to your doctor. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.
Betaxolol is only part of a complete program of treatment for hypertension that may also include diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely if you are being treated for hypertension.
Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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