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Aldoril

Last reviewed on RxList: 4/30/2009
Aldoril Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 3/28/2016

Aldoril (methyldopa and hydrochlorothiazide) is a combination antihypertensive and diuretic used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). The brand name Aldoril is discontinued, but generic versions may be available. Common side effects of Aldoril include dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, headache, stuffy nose, and weakness as your body adjusts to the medication. Other side effects of Aldoril include:

  •  stomach cramps
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • depression
  • trouble concentrating
  • joint pain
  • muscle pain
  • restlessness
  • soreness or black discoloration of your tongue
  • blurred vision
  • impotence, or
  • loss of interest in sex

The usual starting dosage is one tablet of Aldoril 15 two or three times a day or one tablet of Aldoril 25 two times a day. Aldoril may interact with cholestyramine, colestipol, digoxin, insulin or oral diabetes medications, lithium, barbiturates, medicines that contain iron, muscle relaxers, narcotics, steroids, other blood pressure medications, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Aldoril should be used only when prescribed. This drug passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Aldoril (methyldopa and hydrochlorothiazide) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

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.

Aldoril Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using hydrochlorothiazide and methyldopa and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • eye pain, vision problems;
  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • chest pain, slow heart rate, feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate;
  • joint pain or swelling with fever, swollen glands, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, unusual thoughts or behavior, and/or seizure (convulsions);
  • numbness, drooping, or loss of movement in one side of your face;
  • jerky or rolling muscle movements you cannot control;
  • high blood sugar (increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss);
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • fever, skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness; or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling;severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • stomach cramps, diarrhea, constipation;
  • depressed mood, trouble concentrating;
  • joint pain;
  • muscle pain or weakness;
  • restless feeling;
  • dizziness, drowsiness, headache;
  • soreness or black discoloration of your tongue;
  • blurred vision; or
  • impotence, or loss of interest in sex.

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.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Aldoril (Methyldopa-Hydrochlorothiazide)

Aldoril Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

The following adverse reactions have been reported and, within each category, are listed in order of decreasing severity.

Methyldopa

Sedation, usually transient, may occur during the initial period of therapy or whenever the dose is increased. Headache, asthenia, or weakness may be noted as early and transient symptoms. However, significant adverse effects due to methyldopa have been infrequent and this agent usually is well tolerated.

Cardiovascular: Aggravation of angina pectoris, congestive heart failure, prolonged carotid sinus hypersensitivity, orthostatic hypotension (decrease daily dosage), edema or weight gain, bradycardia.

Digestive: Pancreatitis, colitis, vomiting, diarrhea, sialadenitis, sore or “black” tongue, nausea, constipation, distention, flatus, dryness of mouth.

Endocrine: Hyperprolactinemia.

Hematologic: Bone marrow depression, leukopenia, granulocytopenia, thrombocytopenia, hemolytic anemia; positive tests for antinuclear antibody, LE cells, and rheumatoid factor, positive Coombs test.

Hepatic: Liver disorders including hepatitis, jaundice, abnormal liver function tests (see WARNINGS).

Hypersensitivity: Myocarditis, pericarditis, vasculitis, lupus-like syndrome, drug-related fever, eosinophilia.

Nervous System/Psychiatric: Parkinsonism, Bell's palsy, decreased mental acuity, involuntary choreoathetotic movements, symptoms of cerebrovascular insufficiency, psychic disturbances including nightmares and reversible mild psychoses or depression, headache, sedation, asthenia or weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, paresthesias.

Metabolic: Rise in BUN.

Musculoskeletal: Arthralgia, with or without joint swelling; myalgia.

Respiratory: Nasal stuffiness.

Skin: Toxic epidermal necrolysis, rash.

Urogenital: Amenorrhea, breast enlargement, gynecomastia, lactation, impotence, decreased libido.

Hydrochlorothiazide

Body as a Whole: Weakness.

Cardiovascular: Hypotension including orthostatic hypotension (may be aggravated by alcohol, barbiturates, narcotics or antihypertensive drugs).

Digestive: Pancreatitis, jaundice (intrahepatic cholestatic jaundice), diarrhea, vomiting, sialadenitis, cramping, constipation, gastric irritation, nausea, anorexia.

Hematologic: Aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis, leukopenia, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia.

Hypersensitivity: Anaphylactic reactions, necrotizing angiitis (vasculitis and cutaneous vasculitis), respiratory distress including pneumonitis and pulmonary edema, photosensitivity, fever, urticaria, rash, purpura.

Metabolic:Electrolyte imbalance (see PRECAUTIONS), hyperglycemia, glycosuria, hyperuricemia.

Musculoskeletal:Muscle spasm.

Nervous System/Psychiatric: Vertigo, paresthesias, dizziness, headache, restlessness.

Renal: Renal failure, renal dysfunction, interstitial nephritis. (See WARNINGS.)

Skin: Erythema multiforme including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, exfoliative dermatitis including toxic epidermal necrolysis, alopecia.

Special Senses: Transient blurred vision, xanthopsia.

Urogenital: Impotence.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Aldoril (Methyldopa-Hydrochlorothiazide)

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