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BiDil Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate (BiDil)?
- What are the possible side effects of hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate (BiDil)?
- What is the most important information I should know about hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate (BiDil)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate (BiDil)?
- How should I take hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate (BiDil)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (BiDil)?
- What happens if I overdose (BiDil)?
- What should I avoid while taking hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate (BiDil)?
- What other drugs will affect hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate (BiDil)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (BiDil)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If your next regularly scheduled dose is within 2 hours, skip the dose you missed and take only the next dose. Do Not take a double dose of this medication.
What happens if I overdose (BiDil)?
Seek emergency medical attention.
Symptoms of an hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate overdose include a severe throbbing headache, difficult or slow breathing, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, dizziness, fainting, an irregular or slow heart beat, changes in vision, confusion, flushing, and seizures.
What should I avoid while taking hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate (BiDil)?
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate may cause dizziness. If you experience dizziness, avoid these activities. Also, stand up slowly from a lying or sitting position.
Avoid alcohol. Alcohol also widens your blood vessels, and it can cause very low blood pressure, dizziness, and drowsiness. If you consume alcohol, you could endanger yourself or others.
Do not stop taking hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate suddenly. Talk to your doctor before you stop taking the drug completely.
What other drugs will affect hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate (BiDil)?
Do not use sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio), vardenafil (Levitra), or tadalafil (Cialis) while taking hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate. The combination could cause severe or life-threatening low blood pressure.
Before taking hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45); or
- any other heart medicines, especially those used to treat high blood pressure or irregular heartbeats.
You may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during your treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about hydralazine and isosorbide dinitrate written for health professionals that you may read.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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