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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking 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.
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication. Before taking betaxolol, tell your doctor if you have:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether betaxolol is harmful to an unborn baby. Betaxolol may cause heart or lung problems in a newborn if the mother takes the medication during pregnancy. Before taking betaxolol, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Betaxolol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take betaxolol (Kerlone)?
Take betaxolol exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take this medication with a full glass of water.
Take betaxolol at the same time every day.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood pressure will need to be checked on a regular basis. It is important that you not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.
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.
Store betaxolol at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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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