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Visken Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Visken (pindolol) Tablets is an antihypertensive agent used to manage hypertension. It is available in generic form. Common side effects of Visken include decreased sex drive, sleep problems, tied feeling, anxiety, and nervousness.
The recommended dosage of Visken is 5 mg. Digoxin, insulin, thioridazine, reserpine, cold medicines, diet pills, and asthma medication may interact with Visken. Tell your doctor all medications you take. Do not take Visken if you have heart problems. Do not stop taking Visken suddenly. If you are pregnant only take Visken if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the fetus. Do not take Visken if you are breastfeeding.
Our Visken (pindolol) Tablets 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.
What is Patient Information in Detail?
Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.
Visken in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
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:
- slow or uneven heartbeats;
- feeling light-headed, fainting;
- feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
- swelling of your ankles or feet;
- nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- depression; or
- cold feeling in your hands and feet.
Less serious side effects may include:
- decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- tired feeling; or
- anxiety, nervousness.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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What is Patient Information Overview?
A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.
Visken Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
This drug may reduce blood flow to your hands and feet, causing them to feel cold. Smoking may worsen this effect. Avoid tobacco use and dress warmly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Medications in this class may cause or worsen heart failure. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following unlikely but very serious side effects: swelling of the feet/ankles, shortness of breath, severe tiredness, unexplained/sudden weight gain.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: bluish color of the fingers/toes/nails, hair loss (reversible), mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, depression, memory problems), pain/cramps in the muscles/joints, numbness/tingling, decreased sexual ability, vision changes, slow/irregular/fast heartbeat, severe dizziness/fainting.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
Visken FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Most adverse reactions have been mild. The incidences listed in the following table are derived from 12-week comparative double-blind, parallel design trials in hypertensive patients given Visken ® (pindolol) as monotherapy, given various active control drugs as monotherapy, or given placebo. Data for Visken® (pindolol) and the positive controls were pooled from several trials because no striking differences were seen in the individual studies, with 1 exception. When considering all adverse reactions reported, the frequency of edema was noticeably higher in positive control trials [16% Visken® (pindolol) vs. 9% positive control] than in placebo controlled trials [6%Visken® (pindolol) vs. 3% placebo]. The table includes adverse reactions either volunteered or elicited, and at least possibly drug related, which were reported in greater than 2% of Visken® (pindolol) patients and other selected important reactions.
Adverse Reactions Which Were Volunteered or Elicited (and at least possibly drug related)
|Body System/Adverse Reactions|| Visken ® (pindolol)
| Active Controls*
|Central Nervous System|
|Bizarre or Many Dreams||5||0||6|
|Autonomic Nervous System|
|*Active Controls: Patients received either propranolol, a-methyldopa or a diuretic (hydrochlorothiazide or chlorthalidone).|
The following selected (potentially important) adverse reactions were seen in 2% or fewer patients and their relationship to Visken ® (pindolol) is uncertain. CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM: anxiety, lethargy; AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM: visual disturbances, hyperhidrosis; CARDIOVASCULAR: bradycardia, claudication, cold extremities, heart block, hypotension, syncope, tachycardia, weight gain; GASTROINTESTINAL: diarrhea, vomiting; RESPIRATORY: wheezing; UROGENITAL: impotence, pollakiuria; MISCELLANEOUS: eye discomfort or burning eyes.
Potential Adverse Effects
In addition, other adverse effects not aforementioned have been reported with other beta-adrenergic blocking agents and should be considered potential adverse effects of Visken ® (pindolol).
Central Nervous System : Reversible mental depression progressing to catatonia; an acute reversible syndrome characterized by disorientation for time and place, short-term memory loss, emotional lability, slightly clouded sensorium, and decreased performance on neuropsychometrics.
Cardiovascular : Intensification of AV block. (See CONTRAINDICATIONS)
Miscellaneous : Reversible alopecia; Peyronie's disease.
The oculomucocutaneous syndrome associated with the beta-blocker practolol has not been reported with Visken ® (pindolol) during investigational use and extensive foreign experience amounting to over 4 million patient-years.
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