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Introduction

Expert Advice

  • You may take this medicine with or without meals.
  • Do not stop taking this medication abruptly. Lower the dosage gradually and consult your doctor before doing so.
  • It is advised to take this medication at bed – time to avoid day time drowsiness.
  • While on therapy, change your position slowly to prevent light headedness and fainting.
  • Keep a regular check on your weight because you may gain weight.

Primary Uses

Hypertension

Indications

This medicine is used in all grades of hypertensions (high blood pressure).

Side Effects

Patients using this medication may at times experience headaches or anesthesia. If you experience any of these symptoms for a long period of time, consult your doctor immediately.

Warnings

Pregnancy

This medication can be used during pregnancy.

Lactation

Consult your doctor before using this medication when lactating.

Driving

Please avoid driving when taking this medicine as it may affect your ability to drive.

Alcohol

Please avoid consuming alcohol when taking this medicine.

Precautions

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with haemolytic anemia (blood disorder with decreased red blood cells) or those with a history of liver disorder.

Contraindications

Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you have any of these conditions; Active liver disease or depression.

FAQS

Is methyldopa used to treat myocardial infarction?

Methyldopa is an anti-hypertensive drug which in turn lowers the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

What kind of a drug is methyldopa?

Methyldopa is an alpha-2 agonist that belongs to the family of antihypertensive drugs.

What is the mode of action of methyldopa?

Methyldopa works by relaxing the blood vessels in turn making the heart more effective in pumping blood around the body.

Can I take methyldopa with NSAIDs?

Methyldopa has shown interactions with NSAIDS and hence, it should not be taken with any of the NSAIDS such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, indomethacin etc.

Can the swelling in my hands and feet be associated with the use of methyldopa?

Yes, swelling of hands and feet is one of the common side effects of methyldopa. Please consult your physician if you experience this side effect so that it can be taken care of.

Is xerostomia (dry mouth) caused by the use of methyldopa? What should I do to overcome it?

While you are on therapy with methyldopa, you may experience dry mouth as a side effect. To overcome this problem, you are advised to stay hydrated, keep a good oral hygiene and do frequent mouth rinses. Don’t forget to take further advice from your dentist regarding this issue.

Can I take methyldopa if I am suffering from hepatitis C?

The use of methyldopa is contraindicated if you are suffering from any active hepatic/liver disease. It is advised to the people who have a history of any previously treated liver disease to use methyldopa with caution. Please let your doctor know about both your previous and current conditions before starting therapy with methyldopa.

Can I use methyldopa while I am nursing/breastfeeding?

Methyldopa is comprehended to be present in breast milk. Therefore, it should be used with caution in nursing mothers. Please consult your doctor for further assistance.

Can methyldopa cause birth defects?

No, methyldopa has not been reported to cause any birth defects. Kindly take further advice from your doctor to rule your concerns out.

Can I use methyldopa if I am pregnant?

Yes, this medicine is safe to use in pregnancy.

Can my blood pressure fall down after using this medicine?

Yes, since this medicine is an anti-hypertensive, it will cause your blood pressure to fall down within the normal values. However, low blood pressure is a rare side effect reported.

Disclaimer

Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.

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